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Horst von Schroeter
File:File:Horst von Schroeter.jpg
Born (1919-06-10)10 June 1919
Died 25 July 2006(2006-07-25) (age 13)
Place of birth Biberstein, district of Meissen
Place of death Bonn
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Flag of Germany.png West Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Naval Ensign of Germany.svg German Navy
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Vizeadmiral
Unit SSS Albert Leo Schlageter
cruiser Emden
battleship Scharnhorst
Commands held U-123
U-2506
Allied Forces Baltic Approaches
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Horst von Schroeter (10 June 1919 – 25 July 2006) 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. After World War II he joined the Bundesmarine of the Federal Republic of Germany and from 1976 to 1979 held the position of Commander of the NATO Naval forces in the Baltic Sea Approaches (COMNAVBALTAP).

Service historyEdit

Ships attackedEdit

As a U-boat commander of U-123 Horst von Schroeter is credited with the sinking of six merchant ships for a total of 31,557 gross register tons (GRT), a warship of 683 GRT, and damaging a ship of 7,068 GRT.

DateShipNationalityTonnageFate
29 December 1942Baron CochraneCivil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom3,385Sunk
29 December 1942Empire ShackletonCivil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom7,068Damaged
8 April 1943Castillo Montealegre[1]Flag of Spain.svg Spain3,972Sunk
18 April 1943 SS Empire Bruce Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom7,459Sunk
18 April 1943HMS P-615Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom683Sunk
29 April 1943NankingFlag of Sweden.svg Sweden5,931Sunk
5 May 1943HolmburyCivil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom4,566Sunk
9 May 1943KanbeCivil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom6,244Sunk

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ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. El misterio del 'Castillo Montealegre', 4 March 2013, XLSemanal, Arturo Pérez-Reverte. A syndicated column from the point of view of a nephew of a friend of a survivor.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 450.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 451.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 685.
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 (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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