WWI U-boat commanders

Herbert Breyer

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/06)

6 ships sunk with a total of 9,083 GRT

Born:30 Nov 1887  

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1 Apr 1906 Seekadett
6 Apr 1907 Fähnrich zur See
30 Sep 1909 Leutnant zur See
19 Sep 1912 Oberleutnant zur See
See below Kapitänleutnant
27 Dec 1919 Out of naval service.
1 Apr 1933 Korvettenkapitän (Ergänzungsoffizier)


 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class

U-boat Commands

UC 3213 Sep 1916 - 23 Feb 1917


While UC 32 was laying mines off the Roker lighthouse at Sunderland on February 23, 1917 the boat detonated one of its own mines. The commander, Herbert Breyer, and two men were picked up by the British after she blew up. They became prisoners of war.

Breyer was promoted to Kapitänleutnant on November 19, 1919 with a seniority date of April 26, 1917, the date he would otherwise have been promoted to Kapitänleutnant had he not been captured.

Ships hit by Herbert Breyer

DateU-boat Name of shipType of shipTonsNat.
14 Dec 1916 UC 32 BurnhopeSteamer1,941br
20 Dec 1916 UC 32 HildawellSteamer2,494br
29 Jan 1917 UC 32  EddaSteamer536sw
31 Jan 1917 UC 32 Ida DuncanTug139br
1 Feb 1917 UC 32 JervSteamer1,112nw
1 Mar 1917 UC 32 ApolloniaSteamer2,861it
6 ships sunk (9,083 tons).

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Media links

Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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