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Egon-Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach
Born (1914-04-10)10 April 1914
Died 11 May 1979(1979-05-11) (age 40)
Place of birth Cologne-Lindenthal
Place of death Kiel
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany West Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Naval Ensign of Germany.svg German Navy
Years of service 1934–1945, 1956–1972
Rank Korvettenkapitän (Wehrmacht)
Kapitän zur See (Bundeswehr)
Unit SMS Schleswig-Holstein
Commands held U-121

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Egon-Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach[a] (10 April 1914 – 11 May 1979) was a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and commander of U-121 and U-453. He is also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Egon-Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach is credited with the sinking of four ships for a total of 15,850 tons of Allied merchant shipping.



  • a Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  1. Busch and Röll 2003, p. 397.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 398.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 379.
  • Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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