Wilhelm Rollmann

Fregattenkapitän (Crew 26)

20 ships sunk, total tonnage 96,562 GRT
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,770 tons
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 4,957 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 595 tons

Born  5 Aug 1907 Wilhelmshaven
Died  5 Nov 1943(36)South Atlantic

Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Rollmann


1 Apr 1926Offiziersanwärter
12 Oct 1926Seekadett
1 Apr 1928Fähnrich zur See
1 May 1930Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1930Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1932Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1936Kapitänleutnant
1 Dec 1940Korvettenkapitän
1 Nov 1943Fregattenkapitän


26 Sep 1939Iron Cross 2nd Class
12 Nov 1939U-boat War Badge 1939
7 Feb 1940Iron Cross 1st Class
31 Jul 1940Knights Cross

U-boat Commands

U-34 26 Oct 1938 28 Sep 1940   7 patrols (190 days) 
U-847 26 Jan 1943 26 Jan 1943   No war patrols (Transit)
U-848 20 Feb 1943 5 Nov 1943  (+)  1 patrol (49 days) 

Wilhelm Rollmann began his naval career in April 1926. Later he served on several ships, including the light cruiser Karlsruhe. In May 1937 he transferred to the U-boat force. After the usual training he took command of U-34 in October 1938. Two of his more notable successes were the sinking of the British destroyer HMS Whirlwind and the British submarine Spearfish.

After seven successful patrols he left the boat and became an instructor in the 2nd ULD (Unterseeboots-Lehr-Division).

On 20 February, 1943 he commissioned the U-848, a large Type IXD2 U-boat. The boat was sunk on her first patrol with all hands on 5 November, 1943 by US aircraft southwest of Ascension in the mid-Atlantic (Niestlé, 1998).


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Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Wilhelm Rollmann

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-34 19 Aug 1939  Wilhelmshaven  26 Sep 1939  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 1,39 days
2. U-34 17 Oct 1939  Wilhelmshaven  12 Nov 1939  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 2,27 days
3. U-34 1 Jan 1940  Wilhelmshaven  6 Feb 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 3,37 days
4. U-34 11 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  30 Mar 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 4,20 days
5. U-34 3 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  30 Apr 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 5,28 days
6. U-34 22 Jun 1940  Wilhelmshaven  18 Jul 1940  Lorient  Patrol 6,27 days
7. U-34 23 Jul 1940  Lorient  3 Aug 1940  Wilhelmshaven  Patrol 7,12 days
8. U-848 18 Sep 1943  Kiel  5 Nov 1943  Sunk  Patrol 8,49 days
8 patrols, 239 days at sea

Ships hit by Wilhelm Rollmann

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
7 Sep 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Pukkastan5,809br
8 Sep 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Kennebec5,548br
24 Sep 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Hanonia (c.)1,781es
20 Oct 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Gustaf Adolf926sw
20 Oct 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Sea Venture2,327br
27 Oct 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Bronte5,317brOB-25
29 Oct 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Malabar7,976brHX-5A
9 Nov 1939U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Snar (c.)3,176nw
20 Jan 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Caroni River [Mine]7,807br
28 Jan 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Eleni Stathatou5,625gr
13 Apr 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann HNoMS Frøya (t.)595nw
5 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann HMS Whirlwind (D 30)1,100br
6 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Vapper4,543es
7 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Lucrecia2,584nl
9 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Tiiu1,865es
10 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Petsamo4,596fi
11 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Janna2,197nwHX-54
15 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Evdoxia2,018gr
17 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Naftilos3,531gr
26 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Accra9,337brOB-188
26 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Vinemoor4,359brOB-188
27 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Sambre5,260brOB-188
27 Jul 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann Thiara10,364brOB-188
1 Aug 1940U-34Wilhelm Rollmann HMS Spearfish (N 69)670br
2 Nov 1943U-848Wilhelm Rollmann Baron Semple4,573br

25 ships sunk (103,884 tons).

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(c.) means the ship was captured (included in ships & tonnage lost).
(t.) means the ship was a total loss (included in ships & tonnage lost).
[Mine] indicates the vessel was hit by a mine laid by said U-boat.

About ranks and decorations
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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders