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Karl Jäckel

Karl Jäckel
Born (1913-12-20)20 December 1913
Gladbeck, Westphalia
Died 7 December 1984(1984-12-07) (aged 70)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Oberleutnant (Ing)
Unit U-29, U-160, U-907

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl Jäckel (20 December 1913, Gladbeck, Westphalia – 7 December 1984, Neubrandenburg) was a German U-boat coxswain 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.



  • a Walther-Peer Fellgiebel, author of Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945, lists him as a recipient with a presentation date of 9 May 1945. Fellgiebel also indicates that Jäckel's paybook states a presentation date of 1 June 1945, after the Dönitz-decree prohibited the awarding of the Knight's Cross. Thus making him a de facto but not de jure recipient.[4] Franz Kurowski, author of Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service, and Clemens Range, author of Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine, list him with a presentation date of 28 May 1945.[5][6] Authors Rainer Busch and Hans-Joachim Röll list him as a 9 May 1945 recipient indicating that the paybook states a 1 June 1945 presentation date.[1]


  • Busch, Rainer and 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.

External links

  • Deutsche Marinesoldaten
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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