Rolf Steinhaus

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  1 Apr 1916 Hachenburg, Kaiserslautern
Died  1 Oct 2004(88)Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany

Kriegsmarine crew book photo


3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1940 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jun 1943 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-8 23 May 1941 31 Jul 1941   No war patrols 
U-802 12 Jun 1943 12 Dec 1943   No war patrols 

Crew of 1936

Rolf Steinhaus was one of the Kriegsmarine's famous Olympia Crew. This Crew chose the Olympic rings as their symbol (the 1936 Olympic games were held in Berlin). It was the largest Crew, and produced more U-boat commanders than any other – of the 164 who 'graduated', 140 took command during the war.

After the war he joined the Bundesmarine (Federal German Navy), and retired with the rank of Vizeadmiral (Admiral of the Fleet).

Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death and post-war career.

Patrol info for Rolf Steinhaus

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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