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Oskar Schomburg was a Nazi naval officer. He commanded the Wurrfler, a U-boat, in 1936, when it was used to intercept the Bantu Wind after it left Egypt with the Ark of the Covenant.


The captain stayed aboard his submarine and was not involved in the apprehension of the Ark or Marion Ravenwood, leaving that task to Colonel Dietrich and René Belloq. When the U-boat arrived at Geheimhaven, Schomburg stood in the vessel's conning tower as Belloq, Dietrich, and Toht disembarked.

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The uncredited role of the submarine captain was played by Michael Sheard, who also played Adolf Hitler in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While additional scenes with the captain may have been filmed but cut, the captain appears in the background when the principal villains exit the submarine.[1]

The Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook identifies the Wurrfler captain as Oskar Schomburg, though the historical Oskar Schomburg commanded U-26 in 1938 and 1939. U-26 was captained by Werner Hartmann in 1936.



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