11 August 1942
8:42 local time
U-588 has just left the docks at Brest and I have turned the task of navigating out to see to Lt. Totenhagen. The weather is perfect for a slow cruise along the French countryside, though it will be to our disadvantage once we are out from under the protection of the destroyers guarding the port. Our leave spent cleaning out the boat and assisting the dock workers with hull maintenance, but we still found time soak up some sunshine and breathe in the warm, fresh air. Those are luxuries I already miss not an hour into my fourth cruise.