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Hans Erdmenger

Hans Erdmenger
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Hans Erdmenger
Born (1903-10-29)29 October 1903
Gersthofen
Died 28 December 1943(1943-12-28) (aged 40)
Bay of Biscay
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1922–1943
Rank Kapitän zur See
Unit SSS Niobe
light cruiser Berlin
light cruiser Emden
Commands held destroyer Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp
destroyer Z28
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Kapitän zur See Hans Otto Erdmenger (29 October 1903 – 28 December 1943) was a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipient during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Erdmenger was killed in action on 28 December 1943 in the Bay of Biscay 46°N 11°W / 46°N 11°W / 46; -11 as chief of the 8. Zerstörerflottille on board the destroyer Z27 which was sunk in combat with the British cruisers HMS Glasgow and HMS Enterprise.

Awards

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
31 December 1943 Wie durch Sondermeldung bekanntgegeben, erlitt die britische Marine bei den vorgestern gemeldeten mehrtägigen Gefechten in der Biskaya durch die deutschen Seestreitkräfte schwere Verluste. Unsere unter der Führung des Kapitän zu See Erdmenger stehenden Zerstörer und Torpedoboote beschädigten in harten und lang andauernden Kämpfen die britischen Kreuzer "Glasgow" und "Enterprise" und schossen einen von ihnen in Brand.[4] As announced by special announcement, the Royal Navy suffered heavy losses by German naval forces in the day before yesterday reported several days lasting battles in the Bay of Biscay. Our under the leadership of Captain at Sea Erdmenger destroyers and torpedo boats damaged in severe and prolonged combat the British cruiser "Glasgow" and "Enterprise" and shot one of them on fire.

References

Citations
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.
  • Herausgeber Deutsches Marine-Institut mit Unterstützung des MGFA (1984). Der Marineoffizier als Führer im Gefecht – Vorträge auf der Historisch-Taktischen Tagung der Flotte 1983 (in German). Herford, Germany: E.S. Mittler & Sohn GmbH. ISBN 3-8132-0185-6.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

External links

  • Hans Erdmenger @ Deutsche Marinesoldaten
  • Hans Erdmenger @ Geocities
Military offices
Preceded by
Kapitän zur See Gottfried Pönitz
Chief of the 8. Zerstörerflottille
18 March 1943 – 28 December 1943
Succeeded by
Kapitän zur See Georg Langheld


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