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Herbert Kuppisch

Herbert Kuppisch
Born (1909-12-10)10 December 1909

27 August 1943(1943-08-27) (aged 33)
Sargasso Sea
28°19′N 37°58′W / 28.317°N 37.967°W / 28.317; -37.967

Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933–1943
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Commands held U-58

World War II

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

Herbert Kuppisch (10 December 1909 – 27 August 1943) was a Kapitänleutnant with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and commander of U-58, U-94, U-516, and U-847. He is 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.

Herbert Kuppisch and the entire crew of U-847 were killed by aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Card on 27 August 1943.


References in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Tuesday, 18 June 1940 Der am 17. Juni bekannt gewordene Erfolg eines Unterseebootes gegen einen britischen Hilfskreuzer im Moray-Firth ist durch ganz besonders tapferen und vollen Einsatz des Bootes unter Führung von Kapitänleutnant Kuppisch erzielt worden.[3] The success, that became known on the 17 June, against an auxiliary cruiser in the Moray Firth was achieved due to the exceptionally brave and full commitment of the boat under the leadership of von Kapitänleutnant Kuppisch
Friday, 9 May 1941 Ein Unterseeboot unter Führung des Kapitänleutnants Kuppisch versenkte im Nordatlantik aus einem stark gesicherten Geleitzug vier Handelsschiffe mit zusammen über 20.000 BRT.[4] A submarine under the leadership of Kapitänleutnant Kuppisch sank from a heavily protected convoy in the North Atlantic four merchant ships of 20.000 GRT in total.


  • 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

External links

  • Wehrmacht Lexikon
  • Deutsche Marinesoldaten
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