Carl Emmermann

Korvettenkapitän (Crew 34)

26 ships sunk, total tonnage 152,080 GRT

Born  6 Mar 1915 Hamburg
Died  25 Mar 1990(75)Ahrensburg near Hamburg, Germany

Kapitänleutnant Carl Emmermann


8 Apr 1934 Offiziersanwärter
1 Jul 1935 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1937 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1937 Leutnant zur See
1 Apr 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Oct 1941 Kapitänleutnant
1 Dec 1944 Korvettenkapitän


19 Mar 1941 Iron Cross 2nd Class
2 Aug 1941 Iron Cross 1st Class
2 Aug 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
27 Nov 1942 Knights Cross
4 Jul 1943 Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
1 Oct 1943 U-boat War Badge with Diamonds
1 Sep 1944 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords
1 Oct 1944 U-boat Front Clasp

U-boat Commands

U-172 5 Nov 1941 31 Oct 1943   5 patrols (373 days) 
U-3037 3 Mar 1945 22 Apr 1945   No war patrols 

Carl Emmermann began his naval career in 1934. For some years he was training officer on the Marineschule Mürwik, where future officers got their training. In 1939 he joined the U-boat force and in November 1940 became the I WO on U-A (built for Turkey) under the command of Hans Eckermann. On her first patrol U-A only damaged the British steamer Empire Attendant of 7,524 tons.

In November 1941 Emmermann took over his own boat, U-172. He completed five patrols with this boat, in the Caribbean, with the wolfpack Eisbär in South African waters, and in the North and South Atlantic.

His greatest success was the sinking of the British liner-troopship Orcades of 23,456 tons. His fifth patrol with U-172 was dramatic, in that the boat brought back half the crew of U-604 which had been so heavily damaged during two air attacks that she had to be scuttled.

After that patrol Emmermann became the commander of the 6th Flotilla in St. Nazaire, France in November of 1943.

In August 1944 Emmermann became the chief of the "Erprobungsgruppe Typ XXIII". There in late 1944 he wrote the battle instructions for the new Elektro Boat type type XXIII Elektro U-boat. In March 1945 he was commander of U-3037 for one month, and in the last month of the war he commanded the 31st (Training) Flotilla in Hamburg. Along with some other U-boat men he took part in infantry duty around Hamburg as Commander of "Marine-Batallion Emmermann".


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Carl Emmermann

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-172 22 Apr 1942  Kiel  3 May 1942  Lorient  Patrol 1,12 days
2. U-172 11 May 1942  Lorient  21 Jul 1942  Lorient  Patrol 2,72 days
3. U-172 19 Aug 1942  Lorient  27 Dec 1942  Lorient  Patrol 3,131 days
4. U-172 21 Feb 1943  Lorient  17 Apr 1943  Lorient  Patrol 4,56 days
5. U-172 29 May 1943  Lorient  7 Sep 1943  Lorient  Patrol 5,102 days
5 patrols, 373 days at sea

Ships hit by Carl Emmermann

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
27 May 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Athelknight8,940brOS-28
3 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann City of Alma5,446am
5 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Delfina3,480am
8 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Sicilien1,654am
14 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Lebore8,289am
15 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Bennestvet2,438nw
18 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Motorex1,958br
23 Jun 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Resolute35co
9 Jul 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Santa Rita8,379am
7 Oct 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Chickasaw City6,196am
7 Oct 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Firethorn4,700pa
8 Oct 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Pantelis3,845gr
10 Oct 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Orcades23,456br
31 Oct 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Aldington Court4,891brTRIN-16
2 Nov 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Llandilo4,966br
23 Nov 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Benlomond6,630br
28 Nov 1942U-172Carl Emmermann Alaskan5,364am
4 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann City of Pretoria8,049br
6 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Thorstrand3,041nw
13 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Keystone5,565amUGS-6
16 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Benjamin Harrison7,191amUGS-6
29 Mar 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Moanda4,621beRS-3
28 Jun 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Vernon City4,748brOS-49
12 Jul 1943U-172Carl Emmermann African Star6,507am
15 Jul 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Harmonic4,558br
24 Jul 1943U-172Carl Emmermann Fort Chilcotin7,133brJT-2

26 ships sunk (152,080 tons).

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About ranks and decorations
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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Naval Officers Under Hitler

Rust, Eric C.

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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