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Günther Heydemann
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Flotillenchef Rösing decorates Heydemann with the Knight's Cross
Born (1914-01-11)11 January 1914
Died 2 January 1986(1986-01-02) (age 33)
Place of birth Greifswald
Place of death Hamburg-Wedel
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Karlsruhe
Schlesien
Schleswig-Holstein
Commands held U-575
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Günther Heydemann (11 January 1914 in Greifswald – 2 January 1986 in Hamburg-Wedel) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language:Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Prior to taking command of U-575, Heydemann made two war patrols as watch officer on board U-69 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Jost Metzler.

Summary of careerEdit

As a U-boat commander of U-575 Günther Heydmann is credited with the sinking of eight ships for a total of 36,010 gross register tons (GRT) and damaging one warship of 12,910 GRT.

Ships attackedEdit

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[1]
2 October 1941 Tuva Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 4,652 Sunk
16 April 1942 Robin Hood Flag of the United States.svg USA 6,887 Sunk
4 July 1942 Norlandia Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 2,689 Sunk
9 July 1942 Empire Explorer Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 5,345 Sunk
18 July 1942 Comrade Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 69 Sunk
18 July 1942 Glacier Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 75 Sunk
18 July 1942 San Gaspar Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 12,910 Damaged
29 July 1942 Abosso Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 11,330 Sunk
25 January 1943 City of Flint Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 4,963 Sunk

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u575/html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 364.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 226.
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer & 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. 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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