WWI U-boat commanders

Kurt Hartwig

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/05)

43 ships sunk with a total of 139,082 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 14,000 tons
6 ships damaged with a total of 27,902 GRT

Born:21 Jan 1887  
Died:16 Oct 1972  

Kurt Hartwig


28 Sep 1908Leutnant zur See
5 Sep 1911Oberleutnant zur See
24 Apr 1916Kapitänleutnant


Iron Cross 2nd class
Iron Cross 1st class
20 Jan 1917Hausorden von Hohenzollern
1918Badge U-Boat War
3 Oct 1918Pour le Mérite

U-boat Commands

U 3218 Mar 1916 - 15 Feb 1918
U 6325 Dec 1917 - 11 Nov 1918


Was awarded the Pour le Mérite on the 3rd October 1918 in recognition of outstanding leadership and distinguished naval planning and successful submarine operations. Also given in recognition of the sinking of over 190.000 BRT of enemy shipping, including the warship HMS Cornwallis while in command of U32.

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Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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