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Niels Bätge
File:Niels Bätge.jpg
Born (1913-04-19)19 April 1913
Died 12 December 1944(1944-12-12) (aged 31)
Place of birth Reval
Place of death near the Åland Islands
Allegiance Weimar Republic Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1931–1944
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Unit SKS Niobe
light cruiser Karlsruhe
Destroyer Hans Lody (Z-10)
Commands held Torpedoboot T-2 and T-20
4. Schnellbootflottille
Destroyer Z-35
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Niels Bätge (19 April 1913 in Reval – 12 December 1944 near the Åland Islands) was a German Schnellboot commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Bätge was promoted to Kapitänleutnant on 1 September 1943. Shortly after his promotion he took command of the destroyer Z-35 on 25 September 1943. The destroyers Z-35 and Z-36 both ran into a German naval mine in the Gulf of Finland on 12 December 1944. Bätge and 24 members of the crew managed to save themselves in a life boat. However, they all froze to death and were later washed ashore near the Åland Islands.

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Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Tuesday, 25 November 1941 Vor der britischen Küste griffen Schnellboote unter Führung des Flottillenchefsvon Kapitänleutnant Baethge einen stark gesicherten Geleitzug an und versenkten bei heftigen Kämpfen mit britischen Zerstörern vier schwer beladene Handelsschiffe mit zusammen 16 500 BRT, darunter einen Tanker von 6 500 BRT. Alle Boote kehrten unversehrt an ihren Stützpunkt zurück. [3] Fast attack boats under the leadership of flotilla chief, Captain Lieutenant Baethge, attacked a heavily secured convoy and sank in heavy fighting with British destroyers, four heavily laden merchant ships with a total of 16 500 GRT, including a tanker of 6 500 GRT off the British coast.

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dörr 1995, p. 12.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 120.
  3. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, p. 731.
Bibliography
  • 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). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine (in German). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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