WWI U-boat commanders

Werner Fürbringer

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/07)

Successes
101 ships sunk with a total of 97,881 GRT
5 ships damaged with a total of 9,033 GRT

Born:2 Oct 1888 Braunschweig 
Died:8 Feb 1982 Braunschweig 

Werner Fürbringer

Ranks

3 Apr 1907 Seekadett
21 Apr 1908 Fähnrich zur See
28 Sep 1910 Leutnant zur See
27 Sep 1913 Oberleutnant zur See
16 Nov 1917 Kapitänleutnant
6 Mar 1920 Out of naval service
1 Oct 1933 Korvettenkapitän
15 May 1935 Fregattenkapitän
1 Oct 1937 Kapitän zur See
1 Dec 1942 Konteradmiral

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
27 Aug 1916  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern

U-boat Commands

UB 220 Feb 1915 - 7 Mar 1916
UB 1710 Mar 1916 - 16 Mar 1916
UB 3929 Apr 1916 - 7 Nov 1916
UC 7022 Nov 1916 - 22 Jun 1917
UC 1722 May 1917 - 3 Aug 1917
UB 5810 Aug 1917 - 7 Feb 1918
UB 11023 Mar 1918 - 19 Jul 1918

Notes

Werner Fürbringer entered the Navy as a marine in Seekadett April 3 1907 by attending the basic course on the training ship SMS Charlotte until March 31 1908. He attended the Naval Academy from April 1, 1908 September 30, 1909, being promoted Fähnrich zur See (21/04/1908). The light cruiser SMS Roon participated in the Asian mission from 1909 to November 1910 being promoted to Leutnant zur See (28/09/1910), when back home was assigned to the armoured cruiser SMS Scharnhost until November 1912. At his request and then got to participate in the course Submarine lasting three months, after which it was shipped as wacht officer on the boat school SM U-1 from January to August 1913.

Promoted to Oberleutnant zur See (27.09.1913) was transferred with the same position on the new submarine oceanic SM U-20 under the U-Boote III Flotilla under the command of Kptlt. Otto Dröscher and Walther Schwiger beginning his war career.

In February 1915 he obtained his first command on the submarine SM UB-2 serving in Flanders Flotilla. Throughout the war he continued to be seconded to this group commanding various units including submarines also two mine-laying, earning accolades with a total of 106,914 tons, sank 102 merchant ships. He was promoted Kapitänleutnant November 16, 1917, and while he was in command of his latest submarine SM UB 110 was attacked with depth charges, 19 July 1918 off the coast of Scarborough and damaged, was forced to re-emerge and finally sunk by HMS Garry. 13 of the crew members were killed and he was captured along with the survivors. Returning from the prison was placed at the disposal of the Naval Command in Kiel until March 1920, when he retired from active service. From 1 January 1927 to 30 September 1933 he was appointed civilian employee at the Naval Command. Promoted Korvettenkapitän October 1, 1933, was taken into service as an instructor and consultant to the Submarine School until 1938 he is also in the last months of 1937 also served as commander of the department and promoted to Kapitän zur See.

Placed at the disposal of the Supreme Command of the Navy, he was awarded in 1938 the position of Chief of the Statistical Office of the Navy and later in 1939 like Chief of Exports of Armaments. At the beginning of the II world war, he was appointed commander of Submarine Defense Department of the Supreme Command of the Navy, which he held until October 31 1942, promoted Konteradmiral when he was appointed Inspector of Armaments of the Eastern Territories. On June 30, 1943 obtained the leave. He died at 94 years in the hometown of Brunswick on 8 Feb. 1982.

His older brother, Gerhardt Fürbringer, was also a U-boat Commander. He was captured when his U-40 was sunk on 23 June 1915.

Thoughts on submarine warfare prior to 1939
In the period immediately prior to the Second World War, Fübringer seems to have written a memorandum (cited in Padfield’s War Beneath the Sea, 1995 ed. p.48) arguing against a U-boat war against England until a way could be found to render U-boats immune to ASDIC, arguing that to commit the valuable U-boat crews [to such a war] would be irresponsible. Moreover, he argued that naval air power would be necessary to destroy convoy escorts and that in the future the roles of the navy and air forces would be so interconnected that these elements must be welded into unity by the outbreak of the war if heavy failures are not to result.

Ships hit by Werner Fürbringer

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
9 Jun 1915 UB 2 Britannia43br
9 Jun 1915 UB 2 Edward52br
9 Jun 1915 UB 2 Laurestina48br
9 Jun 1915 UB 2 Quivive50br
9 Jun 1915 UB 2 Welfare45br
10 Jun 1915 UB 2 Intrepid59br
23 Aug 1915 UB 2  Miura257br
7 Sep 1915 UB 2 Constance57br
7 Sep 1915 UB 2 Emmanuel44br
10 Sep 1915 UB 2 Boy Ernie47br
 
26 Feb 1916 UB 2 Arbonne672br
10 Jul 1916 UB 39 Staffa176br
13 Jul 1916 UB 39 Dalhousie89br
13 Jul 1916 UB 39 Florence149br
13 Jul 1916 UB 39 Mary Ann5br
13 Jul 1916 UB 39 Success6br
14 Jul 1916 UB 39 Ben Aden176br
14 Jul 1916 UB 39 Bute176br
14 Jul 1916 UB 39 Girls Friend55br
14 Jul 1916 UB 39 Langley Castle93br
14 Jul 1916 UB 39 Recorder149br
1 Aug 1916 UB 39 Braconash192br
1 Aug 1916 UB 39 Helvetia167br
1 Aug 1916 UB 39 King James163br
1 Aug 1916 UB 39 Rhodesia110br
1 Aug 1916 UB 39 Tatiana285br
1 Aug 1916 UB 39 Zeeland1,292nl
2 Aug 1916 UB 39 Olympia221br
2 Aug 1916 UB 39 Smiling Morn126br
2 Aug 1916 UB 39 Twiddler99br
3 Aug 1916 UB 39 Trawler Prince126br
3 Aug 1916 UB 39 Lucania92br
3 Aug 1916 UB 39 Merchant Prince130br
3 Aug 1916 UB 39 Destro (d.)859br
4 Aug 1916 UB 39 Jägersborg1,797da
4 Aug 1916 UB 39 Stamfordham921br
5 Aug 1916 UB 39 Egyptian Prince129br
5 Aug 1916 UB 39 St. Olive202br
6 Sep 1916 UB 39 Strathtay4,428br
6 Sep 1916 UB 39 Tagus937br
7 Sep 1916 UB 39 Marguerite102fr
7 Sep 1916 UB 39 Alcyon163fr
7 Sep 1916 UB 39 Heathdene3,541br
7 Sep 1916 UB 39 Messicano4,065it
8 Sep 1916 UB 39 Jeune Union267fr
8 Sep 1916 UB 39 Lyderhorn939nw
8 Sep 1916 UB 39 Olazarri2,585sp
9 Sep 1916 UB 39 Europe356fr
9 Sep 1916 UB 39 Pronto1,411nw
10 Sep 1916 UB 39 Lexie3,778br
11 Sep 1916 UB 39 Fredavore1,577nw
20 Oct 1916 UB 39 Midland4,247br
20 Oct 1916 UB 39 Secundo1,512nw
21 Oct 1916 UB 39  Hebe775da
21 Oct 1916 UB 39  Helga1,182da
22 Oct 1916 UB 39 Alix1,584nw
 
14 Feb 1917 UC 70 Marthe Yvonne30fr
16 Mar 1917 UC 70 Cordouan28fr
16 Mar 1917 UC 70 Margaret Vi (d.)852fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 ALCIDE MARIE26fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 Camille Emile20fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 DIEU TE GARDE30fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 Juliette29fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 Louis Xiv44fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 NOTRE DAME DU PERPETUEL SECOURS29fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 NOZAL34fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 RENEE ISLANDER25fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 RUPELLA38fr
17 Mar 1917 UC 70 Tasso1,859br
18 Mar 1917 UC 70 Madone31fr
18 Mar 1917 UC 70 Entente Cordiale22fr
18 Mar 1917 UC 70 Felicite Albert32fr
18 Mar 1917 UC 70 HYACINTHE YVONNE43fr
19 Mar 1917 UC 70 Bergsli2,133nw
19 Mar 1917 UC 70 Michel1,773fr
24 Mar 1917 UC 70 Tapir200fr
16 Apr 1917 UC 70 Eduard476br
17 Apr 1917 UC 70 Nirvana (d.)6,021br
30 Apr 1917 UC 70 Eden1,304nw
7 May 1917 UC 70 Lowmount2,070br
18 May 1917 UC 70 C.E.C.G.47br
18 May 1917 UC 70 Dromore268br
23 May 1917 UC 70 Begona N°32,699sp
27 May 1917 UC 70 General De Boisdeffre2,195fr
28 May 1917 UC 70 Ancona1,168br
18 Jun 1917 UC 17 Borneo211br
19 Jun 1917 UC 17 Kate And Annie96br
19 Jun 1917 UC 17 Mary Ann (d.)164br
21 Jun 1917 UC 17 Childe Harold781am
21 Jun 1917 UC 17 Scheria2,727it
24 Jun 1917 UC 17 Clan Davidson6,486br
24 Jun 1917 UC 17 Crown Of Arragon4,550br
25 Jun 1917 UC 17 Galena1,073am
25 Jun 1917 UC 17 Saxon Monarch4,828br
20 Jul 1917 UC 17 City Of Florence5,399br
21 Jul 1917 UC 17 Augustus Welt1,221am
13 Oct 1917 UB 58 Bethel257nw
13 Oct 1917 UB 58 Esmeralda830sw
19 Nov 1917 UB 58 Minnie Coles116br
19 Dec 1917 UB 58 Saint Andre2,457fr
22 Dec 1917 UB 58 Clan Cameron3,595br
22 Dec 1917 UB 58 Start728nw
 
26 Jan 1918 UB 58 Louie Bell118br
28 Jan 1918 UB 58 W. H. L.97br
10 Jul 1918 UB 110 Sprucol (d.)1,137br
16 Jul 1918 UB 110 Southborough3,709br
 106,914
101 ships sunk (97,881 tons) and 5 ships damaged (9,033 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
We have a picture of this vessel.

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves


Fips - Legendary U-boat Commander

Brooks, Geoffrey

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