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Fritz Poske

Fritz Poske
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Born (1904-10-23)23 October 1904
Died 1 October 1984(1984-10-01) (aged 79)
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany(to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1923–1945, 1951–1963
Rank Kapitän zur See
Unit battleship Braunschweig
torpedo boat T-151
cruiser Hamburg
SSS Niobe
cruiser Berlin
tender Nordsee
survey vessel Panther
battleship Schleswig-Holstein
tender M-134
torpedo boat Albatross
battleship Schlesien
cruiser Nürnberg
cruiser Königsberg
Commands held tender Nordsee
torpedo boat T-155
Aviso Grille
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hans-Georg Friedrich "Fritz" Poske (23 October 1904 in Berlin-Schöneberg – 1 October 1984 in Wachtberg) 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. He also commanded the Aviso Grille, Adolf Hitler's state yacht.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-504 Fritz Poske is credited with the sinking of 15 ships for a total of 78,123 gross register tons (GRT) and further damaging another ship of 7,176 GRT that it had to be considered a total loss.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage Fate
22 February 1942 Republic  USA 5,287 Sunk
23 February 1942 W.D. Anderson  USA 10,227 Sunk
26 February 1942 Mamura  Netherlands 8,245 Sunk
16 March 1942 Stangarth  United Kingdom 5,966 Sunk
29 May 1942 Allister  United Kingdom 1,597 Sunk
8 June 1942 Rosenborg  United Kingdom 1,512 Sunk
8 June 1942 Tela  Honduras 3,901 Sunk
11 June 1942 American  USA 4,846 Sunk
11 June 1942 Crijnssen  Netherlands 4,282 Sunk
14 June 1942 Regent  Latvia 3,280 Sunk
17 October 1942 Empire Chaucer  United Kingdom 5,970 Sunk
23 October 1942 City of Johannesburg  United Kingdom 5,669 Sunk
26 October 1942 Anne Hutchinson  USA 7,176 Total loss
31 October 1942 Empire Guidon  United Kingdom 7,041 Sunk
31 October 1942 Reynolds  United Kingdom 5,113 Sunk
3 November 1942 Porto Alegre  Brazil 5,187 Sunk


Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 21 March 1942 Bei den Operationen deutscher Unterseeboote im Amerikanischen Raum hat sich das Unterseeboot unter Führung von Korvettenkapitän Poske besonders ausgezeichnet.[5]

The submarine, under the command of Korvettenkapitän Poske, particularly distinguished itself in German submarine operations in the American area.


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