Paul Brasack

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Paul Brasack
File:Paul Brasack.jpg
Born (1916-05-09)9 May 1916
Died 11 March 2013(2013-03-11) (aged 96)
Bad Pyrmont
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe (to 1942)
 German Navy
Years of service 1937–42
Rank Kapitänleutnant (Wehrmacht)
Kapitän zur See (Bundesmarine)
Unit SSS Gorch Fock
cruiser Köln
KG 3 "General Wever"
Commands held U-737
Destroyer Zerstörer 2 (D171)
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Paul Brasack (9 May 1916 – 11 March 2013[1]) was a Kapitänleutnant with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and commander of U-737. He was born in Stettin. 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.

As a U-boat commander Brasack was not credited with sinking any ships. His U-boat was part of a wolf pack which operated against Convoy JW 56A and Convoy JW 56B. He fired at the destroyer HMS Milne on 31 January 1944, but missed, the torpedo exploded in the destroyers wake. His actions against the convoys pulled off the escorting destroyers enabling other U-boats of his wolf pack to attack. For these actions he was awarded the Knight's Cross.

Following World War 2, Brasack joined the Bundesmarine of the Federal Republic of Germany on 1 October 1957. He commanded the destroyer Zerstörer 2 (D171) (formerly USS Ringgold (DD-500)) from September 1962 until March 1964. From 15 September 1968 to 1 September 1971 he served as naval attaché at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C..

Summary of career



1 April 1938: Fähnrich zur See (Officer Cadet)[2]
1 July 1939: Oberfähnrich zur See (Senior Ensign)[2]
1 August 1939: Leutnant zur See (Second Lieutenant)[2]
1 September 1941: Oberleutnant zur See (First Lieutenant)[2]
1 July 1944: Kapitänleutnant (Captain Lieutenant)[3]
1 October 1957: Korvettenkapitän (Corvette Captain)[3]
24 April 1961: Fregattenkapitän (Frigate Captain)[3]
25 July 1968: Kapitän zur See (Captain at Sea)[3]




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External links

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Paul Brasack". German U-boats of WWII - Retrieved 28 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Paul Brasack". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 28 September 2013.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
Preceded by
Fregattenkapitän Otto Ites
Commander of German destroyer Zerstörer 2 (formerly USS Ringgold)
October 1962 – March 1964
Succeeded by
Fregattenkapitän Mumm