Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Günther Prien

Günther Prien


Branch: Reichsmarine / Kriegsmarine
Born: 16 January 1908 in Osterfeld, Germany.
Died: 7 March 1941 in North Atlantic.

Korvettenkapitän 1 March 1941
Kapitänleutnant 1 February 1939
Oberleutnant zur See 1 January 1937
Leutnant zur See 1 April 1935
Fähnrich zur See 1 March 1933

Knights Cross with Oak Leaves 20 October 1940
Knights Cross 18 October 1939
Iron Cross 1st Class 17 October 1939
Iron Cross 2nd Class 25 September 1939

Takes command on 17 December 1938
Ends command on 7 March 1941

Personal Information:

Günther Prien born in Osterfeld, pushing province of Saxony (Germany), and raised in the Leipzig, Günther Prien joined the German merchant Navy in 1923 training for 12 weeks at the Siemens College in Finkenwerder in Hamburg, before going to see it as a cabin boy. Unfortunately, his the ship was caught in a vicious storm and ran aground near Dublin, the ship was abandoned and later written off. Günther Prien and his fellow shipmates were taken to Bremerhaven and later Hamburg, Where Günther Prien was given his papers as a seaman. Günther Prien passed his captain's examination in January 1932. He also joined the National Socialist party in 1932.

On the 16th of January 1933 Günther Prien joined the Reichsmarine, which was filling its ranks with personnel from the merchant Navy, Prien underwent normal training and served on the cruiser Königsberg
it before he was posted for U-boat training at Kiel. After passing out Günther Prien was assigned to U-26 as a first officer of the watch. U-26 was commanded by Werner Hartmann.


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