January 30, 1945: The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff - Sunk by Russian Torpedo
January 30, 1945: The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff
Posted on January 1, 2020 by Jenny Ashcraft
On January 30, 1945, the greatest maritime disaster in history occurred when the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a German luxury liner turned military transport ship sank in the Baltic Sea after being torpedoed by a Russian submarine. The sinking ship resulted in the loss of an estimated 9,300 victims, including 5,000 children. Those on board included 9,000 civilians fleeing an advancing Red Army, German soldiers, and the crew. The fatalities were six times that of the Titanic.