War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords

Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse

War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords

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 last name

See this list sorted by date

Commander and rankAgeCrewDate  U-boat Command(s) held *
KrvKpt. Ambrosius, Wilhelm40261 Sep 1943  U-28, U-21, U-43

Kptlt. Bauer, Ernst31331 Apr 1945  U-120, U-126
Buhse, Heinz +27X/39   

Emmrich, Heinz304131 Jan 1943  
KrvKpt. Ewerth, Klaus +35251943  U-1, U-35, U-36, U-26

KrvKpt. Fahr, Theodor +343030 Jan 1944  U-567
Friedeburg, Hans-Georg von +48IV/141944  U-27

Pauckstadt, Hans26   
Kpt. Poske, Hans-Georg Friedrich4023   U-504

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.

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