Otto Pollmann

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Otto Pollmann
Born (1915-03-03)3 March 1915
Wesermünde/Geestemünde
Died 28 February 1958(1958-02-28) (aged 42)
Leer
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany 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]

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Wehrmachtbericht references[edit]

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.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Schaulen 2004, p. 148.
  2. ^ HMS Tigris, Uboat.net
  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.
Bibliography
  • Dörr, Manfred (1996). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2: L–Z [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Surface Forces of the Navy—Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2497-6. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2004). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe II Ihlefeld - Primozic [Oak Leaves Bearers 1940 – 1945 Contemporary History in Color II Ihlefeld - Primozic] (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 978-3-932381-21-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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