Hermann Lauth

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew XII/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  10 Nov 1920 Wallau, Wiesbaden


1 Dec 1939 Offiziersanwärter
1 Nov 1940 Fähnrich zur See
1 Nov 1941 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1942 Leutnant zur See
1 Dec 1943 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

U-1005 3 Jul 1944 14 May 1945   2 patrols (42 days) 

Hermann Lauth joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939 and belonged to the XII/39 Crew. He finished his U-boat training and U-boat construction familiarization (Baubelehrung) in Jan 1943 and was then assigned to U-959 as 1st Watch Officer (I WO). He served on the boat until April 1944 (one 21 day patrol) when he was sent for U-boat commander training with the 23rd Flotilla at Danzig.

Oblt. Hermann Lauth took command of the type VIIC/41 U-boat U-1005 on 3 July 1944. After working up, the boat was assigned to the 11th Flotilla at Bergen, Norway. Lauth took U-1005 on two patrols from Norway, the first being 30 days. One day into the second patrol, on May 4, the ceasefire order was received and Lauth returned to Bergen and surrendered his boat on 14 May.


Busch, R and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Hermann Lauth

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-1005 8 Feb 1945  Kiel  14 Feb 1945  Horten   7 days
2. U-1005 19 Feb 1945  Horten  20 Mar 1945  Bergen  Patrol 1,30 days
3. U-1005 3 May 1945  Bergen  14 May 1945  Bergen, Norway  Patrol 2,12 days
2 patrols, 42 days at sea

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German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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