WWI U-boat commanders

Most Successful U-boat Commanders

Men that sank over 100,000 tons during World War One


CommanderSuccesses
1.Kptlt. Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière195 ships sunk or captured (455,869 tons)
8 ships damaged (34,312 tons)
2.Kptlt. Walter Forstmann149 ships sunk or captured (391,607 tons)
7 ships damaged (30,552 tons)
3.Kptlt. Max Valentiner144 ships sunk or captured (299,474 tons)
6 ships damaged (33,151 tons)
4.Kptlt. Otto Steinbrinck206 ships sunk or captured (244,797 tons)
12 ships damaged (65,720 tons)
5.Kptlt. Hans Rose82 ships sunk or captured (221,942 tons)
9 ships damaged (45,606 tons)
6.Kptlt. Gustav Sieß56 ships sunk or captured (188,295 tons)
10 ships damaged (36,363 tons)
7.Kptlt. Walther Schwieger49 ships sunk or captured (185,212 tons)
4 ships damaged (3,488 tons)
8.Kptlt. Wolfgang Steinbauer51 ships sunk or captured (183,871 tons)
12 ships damaged (60,480 tons)
9.Kptlt. 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.KrvKpt. Waldemar Kophamel56 ships sunk or captured (157,771 tons)
6 ships damaged (10,176 tons)
12.Kptlt. Hans von Mellenthin57 ships sunk or captured (154,662 tons)
7 ships damaged (31,556 tons)
13.Kptlt. Otto Wünsche77 ships sunk or captured (153,630 tons)
6 ships damaged (25,317 tons)
14.Kptlt. 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.Kptlt. Robert Moraht46 ships sunk or captured (147,869 tons)
3 ships damaged (9,420 tons)
17.Kptlt. Konrad Gansser57 ships sunk or captured (143,667 tons)
3 ships damaged (10,771 tons)
18.Kptlt. Rudolf Schneider45 ships sunk or captured (140,802 tons)
5 ships damaged (21,956 tons)
19.KrvKpt. Otto Schultze54 ships sunk or captured (137,817 tons)
9 ships damaged (31,293 tons)
20.Kptlt. Erwin Waßner90 ships sunk or captured (136,073 tons)
5 ships damaged (15,297 tons)
21.Kptlt. Ernst Hashagen55 ships sunk or captured (135,302 tons)
5 ships damaged (16,483 tons)
22.Kptlt. Leo Hillebrand52 ships sunk or captured (132,255 tons)
1 ship damaged (7,378 tons)
23.Kptlt. Wilhelm Werner63 ships sunk or captured (130,499 tons)
7 ships damaged (26,161 tons)
24.Kptlt. Alfred von Glasenapp51 ships sunk or captured (122,443 tons)
6 ships damaged (47,429 tons)
25.Kptlt. Heinrich Jeß44 ships sunk or captured (121,088 tons)
3 ships damaged (16,220 tons)
26.Kptlt. Wilhelm Marschall44 ships sunk or captured (120,460 tons)
1 ship damaged (765 tons)
27.Kptlt. Otto Hersing40 ships sunk or captured (113,580 tons)
2 ships damaged (8,918 tons)
28.Kptlt. Matthias Graf von Schmettow78 ships sunk or captured (111,628 tons)
8 ships damaged (31,271 tons)
29.Kptlt. Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg75 ships sunk or captured (111,221 tons)
8 ships damaged (19,869 tons)
30.Oblt. Herbert Pustkuchen85 ships sunk or captured (109,274 tons)
13 ships damaged (43,543 tons)
31.Kptlt. Raimund Weisbach36 ships sunk or captured (107,763 tons)
2 ships damaged (3,481 tons)
32.Kptlt. Karl Neumann69 ships sunk or captured (104,868 tons)
3 ships damaged (8,249 tons)
33.Oblt. Otto Launburg39 ships sunk or captured (104,144 tons)
8 ships damaged (38,144 tons)
34.Kptlt. Kurt Ramien57 ships sunk or captured (103,443 tons)
6 ships damaged (26,509 tons)
35.Kptlt. Hans Walther42 ships sunk or captured (103,262 tons)
4 ships damaged (13,451 tons)
36.Kptlt. Ernst Wilhelms31 ships sunk or captured (102,875 tons)
1 ship damaged (1,648 tons)
37.Kptlt. Ralph Wenninger98 ships sunk or captured (102,638 tons)
7 ships damaged (27,849 tons)


These 37 commanders sank 2,685 ships with a total of 5,928,972 tons. Rank shown is the highest rank achieved during the war.

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WWI U-boat commanders