Carl Emmermann

Carl Emmermann

Infobox Military Person
name=Carl Emmermann
born=birth date|1915|3|6|df=y

caption=Carl Emmermann
allegiance=flagicon|Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
serviceyears=1934 - 1945
branch=navy|Nazi Germany
commands=U-172, Nov 5 1941 – Oct 31 1943
U-3037, Mar 3 1945 – Apr 22 1945
unit=4. Unterseebootsflottille
10. Unterseebootsflottille
battles=Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)
awards=Iron Cross First Class
U-boat War Badge with Diamonds
U-boat Front Clasp
Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves

Lieutenant Commander Carl Emmermann (March 6 1915 - March 25 1990) was a German U-boat commander during World War II. In his time as commander, he succeeded in sinking 27 ships for a total tonnage of GRT|152,080|first=yes.

Emmermann began his naval career in 1934. For some years he was training officer on the Naval Academy Mürwik, where future officers got their training.

In 1939 Emmermann joined the U-boat force and in November 1940 became the first Watch officer on U-A under the command of Hans Eckermann. On her first patrol U-A only damaged the British steamer SS "Empire Attendant".

In November 1941 Emmermann took over his own boat, U-172. He completed five patrols with this boat, in the Caribbean Sea, with the wolf pack Eisbär in South African waters, and in the North and South Atlantic.

His greatest success was the sinking of the British liner-troopship SS "Orcades". His fifth patrol with U-172 was dramatic, in that the boat brought back half the crew of U-604 which had been so heavily damaged during two air attacks that she had to be scuttled. After that patrol Emmermann became the commander of the 6. Unterseebootsflottille in November of 1943.

In August 1944 Emmermann became the chief of the "Erprobungsgruppe Typ XXIII". There in late 1944 he wrote the battle instructions for the new Type XXIII U-boat.

In March 1945 he was commander of U-3037 for one month, and in the last month of the war he commanded the 31. Unterseebootsflottille in Hamburg. Along with some other U-boat men he took part in infantry duty around Hamburg as commander of "Marine-Battalion Emmermann".

Emmermann survived the war and later returned to Germany, studied engineering and prospered in business.


* Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). "Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945". Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
* Kurowski, Franz (1995). "Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service". Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-88740-748-X.
* Range, Clemens (1974). "Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine". Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
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