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Otto Pollmann

Otto Pollmann
Born (1915-03-03)3 March 1915
Died 28 February 1958(1958-02-28) (aged 42)
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1939–1945, 1956–1958
Rank Kapitänleutnant of the Reserves (Wehrmacht)
Korvettenkapitän (Bundeswehr)
Unit destroyer Z11 Bernd von Arnim
U-Jäger 124
U-Jäger B 1
U-Jäger 1214
U-Jäger 1203
Commands held U-Jäger 2210
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Franz Pollmann (3 March 1915 – 28 February 1958) was a Kapitänleutnant of the Reserves with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Pollmann is credited with the destruction of 14 submarines,[1] though only one, the sinking of HMS Tigris in February 1943, can be substantiated.[2]

Following World War II, Pollmann joined the military service of the Federal Republic of Germany with the Bundesmarine of the Bundeswehr on 1 July 1956 holding the rank of Korvettenkapitän (corvette captain). Here he served in the staff of the department for submarine hunters of the commando for Naval weapons. Pollmann died on 28 February 1958 while on active duty serving as a NATO liaison officer in the Netherlands.[3]


Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
24 January 1944 Leutnant zur See der Reserve Pollmann, Kommandant eines U-Boot-Jägeres, vernichtete im Mittelmeer sein 10. feindliches U-Boot.[7] Second Lieutenant at sea of the reserves Pollmann, commander of a submarine hunter, destroyed his 10th enemy submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.
9 May 1944 Oberleutnant zur See d. R. Pollmann, Kommandant eines Unterseebootsjägeres, versenkte im Mittelmeer sein 12. feindliches U-Boot.[8] First Lieutenant at sea of the reserves Pollmann, commander of a submarine hunter, sunk his 12th enemy submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.


  1. ^ Schaulen 2004, p. 148.
  2. ^ HMS Tigris,
  3. ^ a b c d e Dörr 1996, p.133.
  4. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 356.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 342.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 82.
  7. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 17.
  8. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 100.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Deutsches Marinearchiv
  • World War 2
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