War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords
Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse
Similiar to the Iron Cross it was awarded to non-combattant achievments. For U-boat men mostly in the training flotillas. A Knights Cross also existed, it was only awarded twice, to Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg and to Krvkpt Otto Salmann both on the Bdu staff.
Decorations ordered by date
See this list sorted by last name
|Commander and rank||Age||Crew||Date||U-boat Command(s) held *|
|2.||KrvKpt.||Ewerth, Klaus +||35||25||1943||U-1, U-35, U-36, U-26|
|3.||Emmrich, Heinz||30||41||31 Jan 1943|
|4.||KrvKpt.||Ambrosius, Wilhelm||40||26||1 Sep 1943||U-28, U-21, U-43|
|5.||Buhse, Heinz +||27||X/39|
|6.||Friedeburg, Hans-Georg von +||48||IV/14||1944||U-27|
|7.||KrvKpt.||Fahr, Theodor +||34||30||30 Jan 1944||U-567|
|8.||Kpt.||Poske, Hans-Georg Friedrich||40||23||U-504|
|9.||Kptlt.||Bauer, Ernst||31||33||1 Apr 1945||U-120, U-126|
9 U-boat Commanders decorated with War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) located.
+ Indicates the Officer died in the war.
* Commands held indicates the U-boat commands held by this officer before award date. In some cases the officer had not taken command his first boat yet or was not even in the U-boat force yet.
Note: This listing is still being compiled and some recipients might be missing.