Korvettenkapitän Reinhard Hardegen (born 18 March is a German U-boat commander who sank 22 ships. He was a recipient of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. He is still alive today and is 102 years old.
Admiral Karl Donitz, commander of the U-Boat fleet watches the return from patrol at the French port of St. Nazaire, June He was about to award the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to her commander Kapitänleutnant Herbert Kuppisch.
✠ Joachim Schepke, one of Germany's most capable of U-boat commanders. On March 9th 1941 Schepke left Kiel on what was to be his last patrol. His U-100 was incapacitated by depth charges. An allied destroyer then purposely rammed the crippled U-boat, killing Schepke and most of his crew. Seventh recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.
Adolf Hitler shakes hands with Heinrich Himmler, somewhere in Germany on May From left to right; Hitler, Minister Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Admiral Karl Doenitz, Himmler and Field Marshal General Erhard Milch.