Breakdown of Kriegsmarine fatalities or casualties

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Breakdown of Kriegsmarine fatalities or casualties

Post by Panzerspitze » 16 Aug 2011 03:27

IIRC, Kriegsmarine suffered 120,000+ KIA in WWII. For a navy with few capital ships, that seems a huge number. Are there detailed breakdowns of KM fatalities or casualties by branches?

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Re: Breakdown of Kriegsmarine fatalities or casualties

Post by mescal » 16 Aug 2011 14:14

From memory, the Ubootwaffe suffered ~30,000 KIA.
The losses of Bismarck, Scharnhorst & Tirpitz amounted to ~5,000 KIA.

Do not forget that not all Kriegsmarine personnel losses were incurred at sea.
Many of the Kriegsmarine personnels were posted ashore, and fought and died on the hard ground.
For example, IIRC field divisions were hastily built from Kriegsmarine personnels late in the war, and most suffered heavily.

hope it helps...

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Re: Breakdown of Kriegsmarine fatalities or casualties

Post by tigre » 17 Mar 2020 13:24

Hello to all :D; a fragment ..............................

The first Kriegsmarine casualties in World War II - September 1939.

The first casualties of the Navy in World War II came from the light cruiser Emden. As part of a British bomber attack on September 4, 1939, nine sailors died and 20 were wounded.

Gerhard Koop writes about this incident in his book "Emden - One Name - Five Ships":

On September 4, a total of ten medium Blenheim bombers, belonging to Squadrons 110 and 107 of the "RAF Bomber Command", attempted to attack warships in Wilhelmshaven. The Panzerschiff Admiral Scheer, who was lying at anchor in the roadstead, was hit by three bombs, which happily did not detonate. An airplane was shot down in the attack.

No impact was noted on the subsequent approach, but four of the five attackers crashed, one so unfortunately that it nearly fell on the Emden in the Grand Harbor. The plane fell between the forecastle and the wall of the dock. After all, the damage was so great that the cruiser had to mourn nine dead and 20 wounded. According to a former crew member, seven men died immediately, and two more men died shortly thereafter from their injuries. (Below, burial of the fallen crew).

Source: ... -wwii.html

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Re: Breakdown of Kriegsmarine fatalities or casualties

Post by Richard Anderson » 17 Mar 2020 17:10

Um, the problem is the KM did not suffer 120,000+ KIA in World War II. They suffered 41,016. Another 10,030 died, not KIA, probably from wounds and accidents. Another 728 were recorded as executed. Another 23,217 were missing, presumed dead. Another 8,988 were know prisoners of war. And 10,384 died of disease.
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Re: Breakdown of Kriegsmarine fatalities or casualties

Post by Darius333 » 17 Mar 2020 22:59


von Interesse könnte sein:
"Die personellen Verluste der Kriegsmarine 1939-1945", Hartmut Nöldeke, in Schiff und Zeit/ Panorama Maritim, Nr. 43



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