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Harald Gelhaus

Harald Gelhaus
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Born (1915-07-24)24 July 1915
Died 2 December 1997(1997-12-02) (aged 82)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1935–1945
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit cruiser Karlsruhe
battleship Gneisenau
Commands held U-143

World War II

  • Battle of the Atlantic (1939–1945)
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Harald Gelhaus (24 July 1915 in Göttingen – 2 December 1997 in Bochum) 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. As a U-boat commander of U-143 and U-107 Harald Gelhaus is credited with the sinking of 19 ships (including the SS Clan Alpine) for a total of 100,373 gross register tons (GRT) and further damaging one ship of 10,068 GRT.

Summary of career


Dates of rank

1 July 1936: Fähnrich zur See
1 January 1938: Oberfähnrich zur See
1 April 1938: Leutnant zur See
1 October 1939: Oberleutnant zur See
1 April 1942: Kapitänleutnant


  • 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 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • 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.

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