Karl-Heinz Wiebe

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Karl-Heinz Wiebe
File:Karl-Heinz Wiebe.jpg
Born (1916-04-10)10 April 1916
Kiel
Died 1 October 2012(2012-10-01) (aged 96)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1935–45, 1956–61
Rank Korvettenkapitän of the Reserves
Unit cruiser Emden
aviso Grille
U-9
U-67
U-178
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl-Heinz Wiebe (10 April 1916 – 1 October 2012) was a German chief engineer on a U-boat in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career

Wiebe was born on 10 April 1916 in Kiel, at the time in the Province of Schleswig-Holstein, a province of the Kingdom of Prussia. He joined the Reichsmarine on 3 April 1935 as an engineering cadet and underwent basic military training in the 4th company, 2nd department (4. Kompanie/II. Abteilung) of the standing ship division (Schiffsstammdivision) of the Baltic Sea in Stralsund.[Note 1] He was transferred to a U-boat training course for chief engineers (Leitender Ingenieur - LI) on 10 October 1939. Following this training on 9 December 1939 he was made chief engineer on U-9. Shortly later Wolfgang Lüth took command of U-9 on 30 December 1939. Together they sailed on six war patrols, sinking eight ships, including the French submarine Doris for which Wiebe was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross.

Awards

Notes

  1. The German Reichsmarine was renamed the Kriegsmarine on 1 June 1935.

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 448.
  2. Scherzer 2007, p. 784.

Bibliography

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  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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