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Hans Lehmann

For the photographer, see Hans G. Lehmann.
Hans Lehmann
Born (1915-09-24)24 September 1915
Brunsbüttelkoog, Schleswig Holstein
Died 25 November 1981(1981-11-25) (aged 66)
Maschen near Hamburg
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Oberleutnant zur See of the Reserves
Unit Panzerschiff Admiral Hipper
U-359, U-454
Commands held Vorpostenboot VP-402, VP-407
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans Lehmann (24 September 1915 – 25 November 1981) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, the last U-boat commander so honored.[a] The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.



  • a Author Clemens Range dates Hans Lehmann's Knight's Cross on 8 June 1945, thus after the effectiveness of the Dönitz-decree. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel, author of Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945, indicates that Lehmann received the Knight's Cross on 11 May 1945, before the Dönitz decree prohibited the awarding of the Knight's Cross.[4][5]


  • Busch, Rainer & Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939-1945 - Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 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.
External link
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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