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Karl-Friedrich Brill
File:Karl-Friedrich Brill.jpg
Born (1898-07-18)18 July 1898
Died 22 October 1943(1943-10-22) (age 77)
Place of birth Stolzenau
Place of death west of Porto Santo Stefano
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Rank Fregattenkapitän of the Reserves
Commands held Minenschiff "Cobra"
Minenschiff "Juminda"
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves

Dr.-Ing. Karl-Friedrich Wilhelm Anton August Brill[Notes 1] (18 July 1898 – 22 October 1943) was a Fregattenkapitän of the Reserves with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and member of the Marinebrigade Ehrhardt in the aftermaths of World War I. He is also a posthumous recipient of the coveted Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German language:Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Brill was killed in action when the Minenschiff "Juminda" was sunk on 22 October 1943 west of Porto Santo Stefano by three American torpedo boats from the 15th Squadron MTB coming from the base of La Maddalena. PT 212, PT 206, PT 216 launched several torpedoes but only the PT 212 scored 2 hits at the stern of the vessel.

More than 60 German sailors were killed in this enagegement, while only sixteen of them were saved. The body of Karl-Friedrich Brill was found in the sea two days later and buried with military honors on 27 October 1943 at the cemetery of Orbetello and then transferred to the German cemetery at Pomezia.

Brill was also SA-Sturmbannführer zur Verwendung (for disposition) of the SA-Standarte 17, Ludwigshafen (Group Kurpfalz). He was promoted to SA-Standartenführer in conjunction with the Knight's Cross presentation.[1]



  1. In German a Doctorate in engineering is abbreviated as Dr.-Ing. (Doctor-Ingenieur).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dörr 1995, p. 91.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 145.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 74.
  • Dörr, Manfred (1995). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine, Band 1: A-K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2453-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Frey, Gerhard; Herrmann, Hajo: Helden der Wehrmacht III - Unsterbliche deutsche Soldaten (in German). München, Germany: FZ-Verlag GmbH, 2007. ISBN 978-3-924309-82-4.

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