WWI U-boat commanders

Hans Walther

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/02)

40 ships sunk with a total of 85,112 GRT
2 warships sunk with a total of 18,150 tons
3 ships damaged with a total of 12,201 GRT
1 warship damaged with a total of 1,250 tons
2 ships taken as prize with a total of 4,956 GRT

Born:25 Dec 1883  
Died:4 Jan 1950  

Hans Walther


1 Apr 1902 Seekadett
11 Apr 1903 Fähnrich zur See
29 Sep 1905 Leutnant zur See
30 Mar 1908 Oberleutnant zur See
22 Mar 1914 Kapitänleutnant
1 Mar 1921 Korvettenkapitän
1 Apr 1928 Fregattenkapitän
30 Sep 1929 Out of naval service
30 Sep 1929 Kapitän zur See (Charakter)


prewar  Order of the Crown
 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
23 Sep 1916  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
9 Jan 1917  Pour le Mérite
1918 or later  Friedrich-August Cross (Oldenburg)

U-boat Commands

U 172 Mar 1915 - 9 Jan 1916
U 528 May 1916 - 18 Sep 1917


Born in 1883. Entered the Kaiserliche Marine as Seekadett in 1902. In 1913 was at the U-Boot Schule and afterwards CO of U 3. During 1914 served on the SMS Augsburg as Torpedo officer and on U9 early 1915. Later in the war command of U 17 and U 52. On the 19th of August 1916 he sank the light cruiser HMS Nottingham (5.440 BRT) and on the 20th November of that year the French battleship Suffren (12.750 BRT). 21st July 1917 the British submarine C34 became another of his victims east of Far Isle.

In 1917 he became Chef der U Flottille Flandern I. After the war he remained with the navy and was promoted Korvettenkapitän in 1921. In 1929 he left service as Kapitän zur See and became Führer des Verbandes der Unterseebott Kameradschaften.

In 1936 he re-entered service as Kapitän zur See. The photo on the left is of Hans later in his career.

Media links

Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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