Hans Rudolf Rösing
Kapitän zur See (Crew 24)
12 ships sunk, total tonnage 60,701 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,888 GRT
|Born||28 Sep 1905||Wilhelmshaven|
|Died||16 Dec 2004||(99)||Kiel, Germany|
|U-11||21 Sep 1935||1 Oct 1937||No war patrols|
|U-35||6 Dec 1936||Feb, 1937||No war patrols (Acting CO)|
|U-10||Oct, 1937||Aug, 1938||No war patrols|
|U-48||21 May 1940||3 Sep 1940||2 patrols (57 days)|
Hans Rudolf Rösing
Hans Rudolf Rösing began his naval career in March 1924. He served on the light cruisers Nymphe and Königsberg in the late 1920s.
In 1930 and 1931 Oblt. Rösing was one of a handful of Reichsmarine officers who secretly served as crewmembers on foreign-built submarines. This was the only means for the future U-boat force to gain experience at sea.
After two years as commander on S-15 and S-3, and two years in the U-Boot-Abwehr-Schule (to become the U-boat school), in September 1935 he commissioned the newly built U-11. He commanded the U-boat for two years. During early 1937 he made a patrol with U-35 to Ponta Delgada in the Azores.
Beginning in October 1937 he spent one year in the Torpedoerprobungskommando (TEK), where new torpedoes were tested. In December 1938 he became the commander of the 5th U-Flotilla (Flotilla Emsmann). After a week in the BdU staff he became the commander of the 7th Flotilla in January 1940.
In May 1940 Rösing took over command of U-48 from Kptlt. Herbert Schultze. On the next two patrols, mostly in the North Atlantic, he sank 12 ships with a total of 60,701 tons and after his second patrol received the Knights Cross.
From September 1940 to February 1941 he served as the liaison U-boat officer to the Italian submarines in Bordeaux (Betasom). From March to August 1941 he was the commander of the 3rd Flotilla, before serving for some months in the BdU staff.
Konteradmiral Hans Rudolf Rösing
In July 1942 he became the FdU West, where he was responsible for all U-boats stationed in France (except the Mediterranean). In Fall 1944 he moved to Norway, where he continued to serve in this position.
After the surrender he spent more than a year in Allied captivity.
In 1956 he joined the Bundesmarine, in 1957 becoming commander of the Marine-Abschnittskommando Nordsee (Navy section command North Sea). In 1962 he was named Befehlshaber im Wehrbereich I (Chief of Military District I).
Hans Rudolf Rösing retired in 1965 as Konteradmiral. In 1966 he was decorated for his postwar achievements with the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Merit Cross).
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Patrol info for Hans Rudolf Rösing
|1.||U-48||26 May 1940||Kiel||29 Jun 1940||Kiel||Patrol 1,||35 days|
|2.||U-48||7 Aug 1940||Kiel||28 Aug 1940||Lorient||Patrol 2,||22 days|
|2 patrols, 57 days at sea|
Ships hit by Hans Rudolf Rösing
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|5 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Stancor||798||br|
|7 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Frances Massey||4,212||br|
|7 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Eros (d.)||5,888||br|
|11 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Violando N. Goulandris||3,598||gr|
|19 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Tudor||6,607||nw||HG-34F|
|19 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Baron Loudoun||3,164||br||HG-34F|
|19 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||British Monarch||5,661||br||HG-34F|
|20 Jun 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Moordrecht||7,493||nl||HX-49|
|16 Aug 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Hedrun||2,325||sw||OB-197|
|19 Aug 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Ville de Gand||7,590||be|
|24 Aug 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||La Brea||6,665||br||HX-65|
|25 Aug 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Athelcrest||6,825||br||HX-65A|
|25 Aug 1940||U-48||Hans Rudolf Rösing||Empire Merlin||5,763||br||HX-65A|
12 ships sunk (60,701 tons) and 1 ship damaged (5,888 tons).