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


7 Apr 1906 Fähnrich zur See
28 Sep 1908 Leutnant zur See
5 Sep 1911 Oberleutnant zur See
24 Apr 1916 Kapitänleutnant


 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
20 Jan 1917  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
1918  U-Boat War Badge
3 Oct 1918  Pour 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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