Hans Bartels

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Hans Bartels
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Kapitänleutnant and commander of Minensuchboot M-1 Hans Bartels, Norway 1940
Born (1910-07-05)5 July 1910
Frankfurt
Died 31 July 1945(1945-07-31) (aged 35)
near Rendsburg
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1931-45
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Unit sail training ship Niobe
cruiser Karlsruhe
battleship Schlesien
destroyer Z-24
Commands held Minesweeper M-1
Torpedo boat T-14
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans Bartels (5 July 1910 – 31 July 1945) was a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

On 24 February 1940, without prior warning, M-1 rammed and sank four Esbjerg based Danish trawlers, Ejjam (E 92), Gerlis (E 456), Mercator (E 348) and Polaris (E 504) in the vicinity of the Dogger Bank. Bartels reported to his superiors that no one was rescued due to "military reasons"; 16 fishermen from the then neutral Denmark lost their lives.[1]

He was transferred to command the Kleinkampfverbände (small combat units) and after a training course was appointed leader of the Kleinkampf-Flottille 261 (261st Biber flotilla), operating the midget submarine Biber, in August 1944. After the war ended Bartels was retained in British custody and was assigned to a Minenräumkommando (German Mine Sweeping Administration), where he was killed in an accident near Rendsburg on 31 July 1945.

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