Georg Schewe

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Georg Schewe
Born (1909-11-24)24 November 1909
Ueckermünde
Died 16 September 1989(1989-09-16) (aged 79)
Hamburg
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1928–45
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Unit SSS Niobe
Schnellboot "S-5"
U-15
Commands held U-60
U-105
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Georg Schewe (24 November 1909 – 16 September 1989) was a famous Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He was also a 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.

Schewe sailed with U-60 and U-105, sinking sixteen ships on ten patrols, for a total of 85.779 tons of Allied shipping of which 71,450 tons on one patrol alone. It was the second most successful patrol of World War II, second only to Günther Hessler's patrol on U-107.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

Date U-boat Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
19 December 1939 U-60 City of Kobe  United Kingdom 4,373 Sunk (Mine)
9 January 1941 U-105 Bassano  United Kingdom 4,843 Sunk
26 January 1941 U-105 Lurigethan  United Kingdom 3,564 Sunk
8 March 1941 U-105 Harmodius  United Kingdom 5,229 Sunk
18 March 1941 U-105 Medjerda  United Kingdom 4,380 Sunk
19 March 1941 U-105 Mandalika  Netherlands 7,750 Sunk
21 March 1941 U-105 Benwyvis  United Kingdom 5,920 Sunk
21 March 1941 U-105 Clan Ogilvy  United Kingdom 5,802 Sunk
21 March 1941 U-105 Jhelum  United Kingdom 4,038 Sunk
5 April 1941 U-105 Ena de Larringa  United Kingdom 5,200 Sunk
6 May 1941 U-105 Oakdene  United Kingdom 4,255 Sunk
13 May 1941 U-105 Benyrackie  United Kingdom 6,434 Sunk
15 May 1941 U-105 Benvenue  United Kingdom 5,920 Sunk
16 May 1941 U-105 Rodney Star  United Kingdom 11,803 Sunk
1 June 1941 U-105 Scottish Monarch  United Kingdom 4,719 Sunk
11 September 1941 U-105 Montana  Panama 1,549 Sunk

Awards

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 22 March 1941 Bei dem Angriff auf den feindlichen Geleitzug an der afrikanischen Westküste haben sich die Unterseeboote unter Führung von Kapitänleutnant Oesten und Kapitänleutnant Schewe besonders ausgezeichnet.[4] In the attack against the enemy convoy on the African West Coast, the submarines under the command of Captain Lieutenant Oesten and Captain Lieutenant Schewe have particularly excellent.
Saturday, 17 May 1941 Ein Unterseeboot unter Führung von Kapitänleutnant Schewe meldet die Versenkung von fünf britischen Handelsschiffen mit zusammen 33 612 BRT.[5] A submarine under the command of Captain Lieutenant Schewe reports the sinking of five British merchant ships with a total of 33,612 GRT.

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Busch & Röll 2003, p. 133.
  2. Scherzer 2007, p. 660.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 376.
  4. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, p. 452.
  5. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, p. 532.

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)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<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)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<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)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Georg Schewe". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 7 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
First Commanding officer, U-60
22 July 1939 – 19 July 1940
Succeeded by
Kapitänleutnant Adalbert Schnee
First Commanding officer, U-105
10 September 1940 – 6 January 1942
Succeeded by
Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Schuch
Preceded by
Commander of the 33rd U-boat Flotilla
September – October 1944
Succeeded by
Korvettenkapitän Günter Kuhnke