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Hans Lehmann
Born (1915-09-24)24 September 1915
Died 25 November 1981(1981-11-25) (age 38)
Place of birth Brunsbüttelkoog, Schleswig Holstein
Place of death Maschen near Hamburg
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Oberleutnant zur See of the Reserves
Unit Panzerschiff Admiral Hipper
U-359, U-454
Commands held Vorpostenboot VP-402, VP-407
U-997
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans Lehmann (24 September 1915 – 25 November 1981) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, the last U-boat commander so honored.[a] The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

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FootnotesEdit

  • a Author Clemens Range dates Hans Lehmann's Knight's Cross on 8 June 1945, thus after the effectiveness of the Dönitz-decree. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel, author of Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945, indicates that Lehmann received the Knight's Cross on 11 May 1945, before the Dönitz decree prohibited the awarding of the Knight's Cross.[4][5]

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 521.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 273.
  3. Busch and Röll 2003, p. 522.
  4. Range 1974, p. 113.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 287.
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.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 - 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 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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