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Otto Pollmann
Born (1915-03-03)3 March 1915
Died 28 February 1958(1958-02-28) (age 62)
Place of birth Wesermünde/Geestemünde
Place of death Leer
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany West Germany
Service/branch War Ensign of Germany (1938–1945).svg Kriegsmarine
Naval Ensign of Germany.svg German Navy
Years of service 1939–1945, 1956–1958
Rank Kapitänleutnant of the Reserves (Wehrmacht)
Korvettenkapitän (Bundeswehr)
Unit destroyer Z11 Bernd von Arnim
U-Jäger 124
U-Jäger B 1
U-Jäger 1214
U-Jäger 1203
Commands held U-Jäger 2210
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Otto Franz Pollmann (3 March 1915 – 28 February 1958) was a Kapitänleutnant of the Reserves with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. 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. Pollmann claimed the destruction of 14 submarines,[1] but only one, the sinking of HMS Tigris in February 1943, can be substantiated.[2]

Following World War II, Pollmann joined the military service of the Federal Republic of Germany with the Bundesmarine of the Bundeswehr on 1 July 1956 holding the rank of Korvettenkapitän (corvette captain). Here he served in the staff of the department for submarine hunters of the commando for Naval weapons. Pollmann died on 28 February 1958 while on active duty serving as a NATO liaison officer in the Netherlands.[3]

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Wehrmachtbericht referencesEdit

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
24 January 1944 Leutnant zur See der Reserve Pollmann, Kommandant eines U-Boot-Jägeres, vernichtete im Mittelmeer sein 10. feindliches U-Boot.[7] Second Lieutenant at sea of the reserves Pollmann, commander of a submarine hunter, destroyed his 10th enemy submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.
9 May 1944 Oberleutnant zur See d. R. Pollmann, Kommandant eines Unterseebootsjägeres, versenkte im Mittelmeer sein 12. feindliches U-Boot.[8] First Lieutenant at sea of the reserves Pollmann, commander of a submarine hunter, sunk his 12th enemy submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. Schaulen 2004, p. 148.
  2. HMS Tigris, Uboat.net
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Dörr 1996, p.133.
  4. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 356.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 342.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 82.
  7. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 17.
  8. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 100.
Bibliography
  • Dörr, Manfred (1996) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2:L–Z. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2497-2.
  • 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.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2004). Eichenlaubträger 1940 - 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe II Ihlefeld - Primozic (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 3-932381-21-1.
  • 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 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.
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