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Lt Commander Gunther Prien was the first U-boat commander to win the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross  and the first member of the Kriegsmarine to receive the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Under Prien's command, the submarine U-47 sank over 30 Allied ships totaling about 200,000 tons. U-47 went missing with all hands on March 7, 1941. Prien's death was not announced in Germany until May 23 and only after Churchill personally announced it in parliament.

Günther Prien was a German U-boat ace in World War II. Under his command, sank over 30 Allied ships totaling tons. went missing with all hands on March

✠ Gunther Prien (16 January 1908 – 7 March 1941) missing while attacking Convoy OB-293.

siegseuphorie: “ Heinrich Günther Prien, Navy U-boat Commander, was born on January 1908 in Osterfeld& the son of a judge. In he joined the German Merchant Navy, receiving his.

The Face Of War - Christian Tyschen.  Christian joined the SS in December 1931 and was assigned to 50 Standarte. Ten months later he transferred to SSVT. He became a company leader of 'Germania' in October 1936 until December 1938 when he was promoted to be a batallion commander.  He was a Battalion Commander of "Der Führer" Regiment, part of the 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Das Reich".in Russia in 1942 when he took a hit from a shell which shattered his jawbone. He spent many months…

Knight’s Cross winner SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Tychsen won the award in March 1943 while commanding II. Abteilung, SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 of the ‘Das Reich’ Division and in October that year.

1941- German U-Boat hero Lieutenant-Commander Joachim Schepke. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

WWII German U-Boat Hero Lieutenant Commander Joachim Schepke Orig Press Photo

German U-Boat hero Lieutenant-Commander Joachim Schepke. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Joachim Rumohr was an SS-Brigade Commander and Major General of the Waffen-SS. Rumohr fought during the entire WW2, first with the Das Reich Waffen SS Division and later with the SS Cavalry Division (Russia). In July 1944, he assumed command of the 8th SS Cavalry Division "Florian Geyer". He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Rumohr was killed while trying to escape the Soviets during the Battle of Budapest on Feb 11, 1945.

✠ Joachim Rumohr August 1910 – 11 February seriously wounded during the attempt to break out from Budapest, committed suicide rather than be captured by the Russians.

Joachim Schepke, captain of U-100. Sunk 37 ships totalling 155,882 tons. Went down with U-100 when depth charged by HMS Walker and Vanoc during a convoy attack in March 1941. That same month, Günther Prien was sunk and "Silent" Otto Kretschmer lost his boat and was captured. These U-boat aces went from being heroes to martyrs in Germany, but it was clear the Allies had adapted and were putting up a strong resistance. Morale sunk. The U-boaters' "happy time" was over.

Joachim Schepke, captain of Sunk 37 ships totalling tons. Went down with when depth charged by HMS Walker and Vanoc during a convoy attack in March

Brigadier Waffen-SS Kurt "Panzer" Meyer was the recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. Upon promotion on 16 June 1944 at the age of 33 years, Meyer, man popular with the troops, became one of the youngest divisional commanders in the German Army during the Second World War. After 1945, he was imprisoned for 10 years and released in 1955. In poor health, he died in 1961.

CO of Liebstandarte Recon Batt 1 at Kharkov the Great Tank commander Kurt "PANZER" Meyer.CO of Liebstandarte Recon Batt 1 at Kharkov Kurt Meyer

Wehrmacht Officer Kurt Versock

General of Mountain Troops Kurt Versock fought in the Polish campaign and on the…

The U-3008 was a Type XXI U-boat of German Kriegsmarine during World War II and…

The was a Type XXI U-boat of German Kriegsmarine during World War II and served in the U. Navy for several years after World War II.

✠ Joachim Schepke, one of Germany's most capable of U-boat commanders. On March 9th 1941 Schepke left Kiel on what was to be his last patrol. His U-100 was incapacitated  by depth charges. An allied destroyer then purposely rammed the crippled U-boat, killing Schepke and most of his crew. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

✠ Joachim Schepke, one of Germany's most capable of U-boat commanders. On March 9th 1941 Schepke left Kiel on what was to be his last patrol. His U-100 was incapacitated by depth charges. An allied destroyer then purposely rammed the crippled U-boat, killing Schepke and most of his crew. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

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