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Captain Herbert Emil Schultze (1909-1987) was a German U-boat commander who commanded U-48 for eight patrols during the early part of the war, sinking 169,709 gross registered tons. He became famous on the Allied side for humanely broadcasting the positions of sinking ships so that rescuers could arrive. Between 1942 and the end of the war, he served in staff positions. After the war, he returned to service and retired in 1968. This 1941 photo is by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, who wrote DAS…

Captain Herbert Emil Schultze (1909-1987) was a German U-boat commander who commanded U-48 for eight patrols during the early part of the war, sinking 169,709 gross registered tons. He became famous on the Allied side for humanely broadcasting the positions of sinking ships so that rescuers could arrive. Between 1942 and the end of the war, he served in staff positions. After the war, he returned to service and retired in 1968. This 1941 photo is by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, who wrote DAS…

U Boat Kommandant

U Boat Kommandant

Joachim Schepke, captain of U-100. Sunk 37 ships totalling 155,882 tons. Went down with U-100 when depth charged by HMS Walker and Vanoc during a convoy attack in March 1941. That same month, Günther Prien was sunk and "Silent" Otto Kretschmer lost his boat and was captured. These U-boat aces went from being heroes to martyrs in Germany, but it was clear the Allies had adapted and were putting up a strong resistance. Morale sunk. The U-boaters' "happy time" was over.

Joachim Schepke, captain of U-100. Sunk 37 ships totalling 155,882 tons. Went down with U-100 when depth charged by HMS Walker and Vanoc during a convoy attack in March 1941. That same month, Günther Prien was sunk and "Silent" Otto Kretschmer lost his boat and was captured. These U-boat aces went from being heroes to martyrs in Germany, but it was clear the Allies had adapted and were putting up a strong resistance. Morale sunk. The U-boaters' "happy time" was over.

Korvettenkapitän Erich Topp (2 July 1914 - 26 December 2005), sank 35 ships for a total of 197,460 GRT, making him the third most successful U-boat commander during World War II. In Sepember 1942, he became commander of tactical training unit 27th U-boat Flotilla. This photo was taken in 1942.

Korvettenkapitän Erich Topp (2 July 1914 - 26 December 2005), sank 35 ships for a total of 197,460 GRT, making him the third most successful U-boat commander during World War II. In Sepember 1942, he became commander of tactical training unit 27th U-boat Flotilla. This photo was taken in 1942.

The top U-boat "Ace," Fregattenkapitän Otto Kretschmer of all the WWII German U-boat Commanders, with the most ships sunk and most total tonnage.

The top U-boat "Ace," Fregattenkapitän Otto Kretschmer of all the WWII German U-boat Commanders, with the most ships sunk and most total tonnage.

The U-132 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was laid down on 10 August 1940 by Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack as 'werk' 11, launched on 10 April 1941 and commissioned on 29 May 1941 under the command of Oberleutnant Ernst Vogelsang.

The U-132 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was laid down on 10 August 1940 by Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack as 'werk' 11, launched on 10 April 1941 and commissioned on 29 May 1941 under the command of Oberleutnant Ernst Vogelsang.

Adolf Hitler speaking at the Lustgarten, Berlin, 1938

Adolf Hitler speaking at the Lustgarten, Berlin, 1938

A collection of interesting pictures I found over the years, Part 6: Historical Figures

A collection of interesting pictures I found over the years, Part 6: Historical Figures

U Boat Captain (what's he smiling for?!)

U Boat Captain (what's he smiling for?!)

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