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Gerhard Schaar

Gerhard Schaar
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Born (1919-03-05)5 March 1919
Died 24 January 1983(1983-01-24) (aged 63)
Maseru, Lesotho
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit SSS Albert Leo Schlageter
cruiser Emden
destroyer Z12 Erich Giese
Commands held U-957, U-2551

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gerhard Schaar (5 March 1919 – 24 January 1983) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

Gerhard Schaar as commander of U-957 sank two merchant ships totalling 7,564 gross register tons (GRT) plus sinking two warships of 604 metric tons (594 long tons; 666 short tons).

Date Ship[1] Nationality Tonnage Fate
26 January 1944 Fort Bellingham  United Kingdom 7,153 Sunk
USS PTC-38  USA 54 Sunk
26 August 1944 Nord  USSR 411 Sunk
23 September 1944 Brilliant  USSR 550 Sunk



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