WWI U-boat commanders

Most Successful U-boat Commanders

Below are the 20 most successful U-boat commanders of World War One.

CommanderSuccesses
1. Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière195 ships sunk or captured (455,869 tons)
8 ships damaged (34,312 tons)
2. Walter Forstmann149 ships sunk or captured (391,607 tons)
7 ships damaged (30,552 tons)
3. Max Valentiner144 ships sunk or captured (299,474 tons)
6 ships damaged (33,151 tons)
4. Otto Steinbrinck206 ships sunk or captured (244,797 tons)
12 ships damaged (65,720 tons)
5. Hans Rose82 ships sunk or captured (221,942 tons)
9 ships damaged (45,606 tons)
6. Gustav Sieß56 ships sunk or captured (188,295 tons)
10 ships damaged (36,363 tons)
7. Walther Schwieger49 ships sunk or captured (185,212 tons)
4 ships damaged (3,488 tons)
8. Wolfgang Steinbauer51 ships sunk or captured (183,871 tons)
12 ships damaged (60,480 tons)
9. Claus Rücker80 ships sunk or captured (174,655 tons)
3 ships damaged (9,951 tons)
10.Oblt. Reinhold Saltzwedel111 ships sunk or captured (172,824 tons)
10 ships damaged (17,131 tons)
11. Waldemar Kophamel56 ships sunk or captured (157,771 tons)
6 ships damaged (10,176 tons)
12. Hans von Mellenthin57 ships sunk or captured (154,662 tons)
7 ships damaged (31,556 tons)
13. Otto Wünsche77 ships sunk or captured (153,630 tons)
6 ships damaged (25,317 tons)
14. Kurt Hartwig44 ships sunk or captured (153,082 tons)
6 ships damaged (27,902 tons)
15.Oblt. Johannes Lohs77 ships sunk or captured (148,310 tons)
16 ships damaged (89,369 tons)
16. Robert Moraht46 ships sunk or captured (147,869 tons)
3 ships damaged (9,420 tons)
17. Konrad Gansser57 ships sunk or captured (143,667 tons)
3 ships damaged (10,771 tons)
18. Rudolf Schneider45 ships sunk or captured (140,802 tons)
5 ships damaged (21,956 tons)
19. Otto Schultze54 ships sunk or captured (137,817 tons)
9 ships damaged (31,293 tons)
20. Erwin Waßner90 ships sunk or captured (136,073 tons)
5 ships damaged (15,297 tons)


These 20 commanders sank 1,726 ships with a total of 3,992,229 tons.

WWI U-boat commanders