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Officers on U-boot

Post by Ste » 09 Jul 2011 18:09

Good Evening.
My question is that: was the number of officers on a U-boot correlated to the dimension of the crew or not?
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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by Clio13 » 13 Jul 2011 18:29

I think it rather depended upon availability of commissioned officers and this changed over time. In 1939-40 there were many experienced officers available

For instance U 33, a Typ VII b (as I recall) operating in 1940 had an Oblt. and an Lt. plus an Oblt-Ing and Lt-Ing at the time of her loss.

The U-boot branch greatly expanded in 1941. Apart from the growing list of casualties, experienced crews were siphoned off to train for Elektroboote in 1944.

U 1302 a Typ VIIc/41 Atlantiker operating in 1945 in the same sector as U 33 had just an Lt and an Lt-Ing in terms of commissioned officers.

This was largely due to dilution and recycling of officers to meet with the demands of an expanding U-fleet.
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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 05 Aug 2016 03:23

Hello to all :D; after a while something more...............................................

Officers aboard!

Prior to the conflict the U boats usually had on board the commander (Kapitänleutnant) a duty officer (WO) and an engineer (LI). To sail for the first cruise of war (first operational patrol) on August 17, 1939 it was ordered that Station Commands will supply the boats of the 3 flotillas with 2nd watch-officers.(IIWO). For example the U 48 (Type VIIB) at the end of 1939 had the Kapitänleutnant (Herbert Schulze.); the IWO (Olt.z.S. Reinhard Suhren); the IIWO (Lt.z.S. Otto Ites) and LI (OLt. (Ing.) Erich Zürn).

Sources: http://www.uboatarchive.net/BDU/BDUKTB30247.htm
http://www.todocoleccion.net/militaria- ... ~x42421506

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 24 Jun 2017 18:34

Hello to all :D; more: Officers aboard - Commissioning of U 42 (Type IX A)!

Sources: http://historisches-marinearchiv.de/pro ... var2=wert2
http://www.ebay.at/itm/U-Boot-Foto-U-42 ... 4664e6aea2

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 05 Jan 2019 20:45

Hello to all :D; more...............................................

Officers aboard - “Westward-ho” U 37 – Hans-Günther Kuhlmann!

He joined the U 37 in Jan 1940 and served as the Third Watch officer (IIIWO) to June 1940 when he became the boat's Second Watch Officer (IIWO). In Oct 1940 Kuhlmann was again promoted within the boat, now becoming its First Watch Officer (IWO) until Feb 1941. He spend 193 days at sea on 8 patrols with the boat, getting valuable U-boat experience under capable officers.

Sources: https://www.ebay.de/itm/U-Boot-U-37-Olt ... 7675.l2557
http://www.ubootarchiv.de/ubootwiki/ind ... r_Kuhlmann

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 03 Feb 2019 19:32

Hello to all :D; more: Officers aboard - Erich Zürn!

He started well below and joined the then Reichsmarine at the beginning of 1925 as Heizer (stoker). Unteroffiziersanwärter (candidate NCO) between September 30, 1928 and April 2, 1929 at the Marineschule, Friedrichsort. As NCO served in U 3 under Kapitänleutnant Hans Meckel and U 26 under Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartmann. As of January 20, 1939 Candidate as Engineer Officer. From November 1, 1939 Leutnant (Ing).

Sources: http://www.ritterkreuztraeger.info/rk/x ... Z%FCrn.pdf
http://www.ubootarchiv.de/ubootwiki/ind ... _Z%C3%BCrn
https://picclick.de/OrigFoto-Wehrmacht- ... 21672.html

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 06 Apr 2019 03:07

Hello to all :D; more: Officers aboard - “Westward-ho” U 37!
Sources: Feind im Fadenkreuz - U-Boot auf Jagd im Atlantik. Weltkrieg 2. Hartmann, Werner
http://www.ubootarchiv.de/ubootwiki/index.php/U_37
https://uboot-recherche.de/en/U-37

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 19 Apr 2019 17:42

Hello to all :D; more: Officers aboard - “Westward-ho” U 37!

Sources: https://www.ebay.com/itm/U-Boot-U-37-Ul ... 7675.l2557

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 24 May 2019 04:36

Hello to all :D; more: Another Oblt.z.S.
Oberleutnant z.S. Armin Georg Sagert - I. Offizier on U 37 - Spring 1941. But no records of him in the Historisches-Marinearchiv.
Sources: https://picclick.de/2WK-U-Boot-Foto-Por ... 86256.html

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by Axel N » 24 May 2019 19:18

Hi Raul,

sorry to say but no officer with this name is known in the Kriegsmarine or has served on U 37 at the given time. Officers assigned to U 37 are well ocumented. The only officer in the U-boat arm with this family name was killed on U 160.

The fact that a person carries the binocular marked 1WO does not necessarily make him like that.

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Re: Officers on U-boot

Post by tigre » 25 May 2019 00:09

Thanks for your reply shedding light on this :wink:. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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