WWI U-boat commanders

Wolfgang Steinbauer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/08)

50 ships sunk with a total of 172,771 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 11,100 tons
11 ships damaged with a total of 42,080 GRT
1 warship damaged with a total of 18,400 tons

Born:6 May 1888 Strassburg, Elsass 
Died:27 Jan 1978 Köln 

Wolfgang Steinbauer


27 Sep 1911 Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1914 Oberleutnant zur See
28 Apr 1918 Kapitänleutnant


 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
 Military Merit Order (Bavaria)
9 Jan 1917  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
3 Mar 1918  Pour le Mérite

U-boat Commands

UB 474 Jul 1916 - 31 Mar 1917
UB 4811 Jun 1917 - 28 Oct 1918


Was awarded the Pour le Mérite for outstanding leadership and distinguished naval planning and successful submarine operations. During the previous 16 months on war patrol he sank a total of 49 enemy vessels which represented a loss of approximately 170.000 BRT.

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Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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