Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37a)
|Born||5 Jul 1917||Kolberg|
|Died||27 Sep 1995||(78)||Bonn, Germany|
|U-101||1 Jan 1942||3 Feb 1942||No war patrols|
|U-29||6 May 1942||30 Jun 1942||No war patrols|
|U-28||1 Jul 1942||30 Nov 1942||No war patrols|
|U-953||17 Dec 1942||Aug, 1944||7 patrols (227 days)|
|U-3014||17 Dec 1944||3 May 1945||No war patrols|
Kapitänleutnant Karl-Heinz Marbach
after his decoration
Karl-Heinz Marbach began his naval career in April 1937. He served for some months in 1939 on the light cruisers Leipzig and Nürnberg. Before he transferred to the U-boat force in autumn 1940, he spent a year in a staff position.
After his U-boat training he was assigned to U-101, commanded by Kptlt. Ernst Mengersen. From March to November 1941 Marbach made three patrols on U-101, during which Mengersen sank three ships. He left U-101 in February 1942.
After a short commander training course, Marbach was promoted to commanding the school boats U-28 and U-29 for over six months. In December 1942 he commissioned the Type VIIC U-953. After seven patrols he was awarded the Knights Cross for acts of bravery.
He was in Berlin to receive his decoration from the BdU (Commander in Chief Uboats), when US troops encircled the U-boat base at Brest. Oblt. Herbert A. Werner then took over U-953 and Marbach went to the AG Weser shipyard in Bremen to commission one of the new Type XXI Elektro boats.
He commissioned U-3014 in December 1944, but the boat never saw active service, and he scuttled her on 3 May. After Germany surrendered on 7 May he became a POW and remained so until February 1948, being among the last U-boat men to be released.
After the war he joined the post-war German Navy, Bundesmarine, and later retired as Korvettenkapitän.
Karl-Heinz Marbach wrote about his time in the U-boat force in Von Kolberg über La Rochelle nach Berlin (From Kolberg via La Rochelle to Berlin).
Special thanks to Mr. Fernando Almeida for details on date of death and post-war career.
Patrol info for Karl-Heinz Marbach
|1.||U-953||13 May 1943||Kiel||22 Jul 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 1,||71 days|
|2.||U-953||2 Oct 1943||La Pallice||17 Nov 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 2,||47 days|
|3.||U-953||26 Dec 1943||La Pallice||20 Feb 1944||La Pallice||Patrol 3,||57 days|
|4.||U-953||30 Mar 1944||La Pallice||1 Apr 1944||La Pallice||Patrol 4,||3 days|
|5.||U-953||23 Apr 1944||La Pallice||26 Apr 1944||Brest||4 days|
|6.||U-953||22 May 1944||Brest||28 May 1944||Brest||Patrol 5,||7 days|
|7.||U-953||6 Jun 1944||Brest||18 Jun 1944||Brest||Patrol 6,||13 days|
|8.||U-953||24 Jun 1944||Brest||22 Jul 1944||Brest||Patrol 7,||29 days|
|7 patrols, 227 days at sea|
Ships hit by Karl-Heinz Marbach
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About ranks and decorations
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