Helmut Brümmer-Patzig

Fregattenkapitän (Crew 10)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  26 Oct 1890 Danzig
Died  11 Mar 1984(93)


1 Apr 1910Offiziersanwärter
15 Apr 1911Fähnrich zur See
 Oberfähnrich zur See
27 Sep 1913Leutnant zur See
22 Mar 1916Oberleutnant zur See
23 Nov 1919Oberleutnant zur See a.D.
21 Feb 1920Kapitänleutnant a.D.
2 Sep 1937Kapitänleutnant d.R. z.V.
1 Dec 1939Korvettenkapitän d.R. z.V.
1 Feb 1944Fregattenkapitän


11 May 1916Iron Cross 2nd Class
6 Mar 1917Iron Cross 1st Class
11 Jul 1918Ritterkreuz des Königlichen Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwerten
1 Sep 1940Spange 1939 zum Eisernen Kreuz 2. Klasse 1914
20 Apr 1943War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

U-boat Commands

UD-4 28 Jan 1941 15 Oct 1941   No war patrols 

Helmut Brümmer-Patzig entered the Germany Navy as member of class 1910. He served on the pre-dreadnaught battleship Pommern until Nov 1915 when he switched to the U-boat force. He was a Watch Officer on U A (Scherb) and U 55 (Werner) from Nov 1915 to Sep 1917. Brümmer-Patzig commanded the WWI U-boat U 86 from Jan 1918 to Aug 1918 when he took command of U 90 until the Armistice on 11 Nov.

Helmut Brümmer-Patzig was successful as a WWI U-boat commander and sank 24 ships (89,318 GRT) and damaged one (5,189 GRT). See his WWI page.

When the Second World War broke out he offered his service again, serving past his retirement age. Brümmer-Patzig served on the BdU staff from Feb to Jun 1940, then in several staff positions until he took command of the former Dutch boat UD 4 on 28 Jan 1941. he commanded that boat, no patrols, until 15 Oct 1941 when he again served in staff positions until retirement on 3 May 1945.


Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Ships hit by Helmut Brümmer-Patzig

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About ranks and decorations
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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders