Karl Neitzel

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Karl Neitzel
Born 30 January 1901
Kolberg
Died 13 November 1966(1966-11-13) (aged 65)
Kiel
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1924–45
Rank Kapitän zur See
Unit Minesweeper M 126
Berlin
Elsaß
Commands held Minesweeper M 75
U-510
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl Neitzel (30 January 1901 – 13 November 1966) was a German U-boat commander 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.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-510, Neitzel is credited with the sinking of three merchant ships totalling 14,128 gross register tons (GRT), damaging another two ships of 14,368 GRT that it had to be considered a total loss and damaging seven further ships of 49,587 GRT.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
2 August 1942 Maldonado  Uruguay 5,285 Sunk
10 August 1942 Alexia  United Kingdom 8,016 Damaged
19 August 1942 Cressington Court  United Kingdom 4,971 Sunk
31 October 1942 Alaska  Norway 5,681 Damaged
9 March 1943 George C. Meade  United States 7,176 Damaged
9 March 1943 James K. Polk  United States 7,177 Total loss
9 March 1943 James Smith  United States 7,181 Damaged
9 March 1943 James Rodman Drake  United States 7,181 Damaged
9 March 1943 Kelvinbank  United Kingdom 3,872 Sunk
9 March 1943 Mark Hanna  United States 7,176 Damaged
9 March 1943 Tabitha Brown  United States 7,176 Sunk
9 March 1943 Thomas Ruffin  United States 7,191 Total loss

Awards

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 332.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 333.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 564.

Bibliography

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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>

External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Karl Neitzel". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 27 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Karl Neitzel". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 27 November 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
Preceded by
Korvettenkapitän Karl Weniger
Commander of the 1st Minesweeper Flotilla
December 1939 – March 1941
Succeeded by
Fregattenkapitän Karl Bergelt
Preceded by
Korvettenkapitän Karl Jasper
Commander of the 25th U-boat Flotilla
August 1943 – December 1943
Succeeded by
Korvettenkapitän Robert Gysae