Eberhard Bopst

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Eberhard Bopst
Born (1913-12-25)25 December 1913
Berlin-Charlottenburg, German Empire
Died 12 October 1942(1942-10-12) (aged 28)
North Atlantic Ocean
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1933–1942
Rank Korvettenkapitän
Commands held U-6

Spanish Civil War

World War II

Awards Four Year Wehrmacht Long Service Award, Spanish Cross in Silver without Swords, Iron Cross 2nd Class, Destroyer War Badge, Narvik Shield, Iron Cross 1st Class

Eberhard Bopst (25 December 1913 – 12 October 1942) was a German U-boat commander[1] in World War II.

Naval career[edit]

Eberhard Bopst joined the Reichsmarine (Navy of the Weimar Republic) in September 1933 and prior to transferring to the U-boat section served on the destroyers Georg Thiele (as 3rd Watch Officer, 1936–1937), Leberecht Maass (1937–1938) and Bernd von Arnim (December 1938 – 1940). On the Bernd Von Arnim he saw action in the Spanish Civil War, receiving the Spanish Cross in Silver without Swords, and at the Battles of Narvik, receiving the Narvik Shield. After the Norwegian Campaign he returned to Germany, joining the U-boat arm in July 1940. His first command was U-6, a Type IIA coastal boat, but he commissioned the Type VIIC U-597 in November 1941. He went down with her when she was sunk with all hands in position 56°50′N 28°05′W / 56.833°N 28.083°W / 56.833; -28.083Coordinates: 56°50′N 28°05′W / 56.833°N 28.083°W / 56.833; -28.083, by depth charges from an RAF Liberator on 12 October 1942.



  1. ^ "Korvettenkapitän Eberhard Bopst". uboat.net. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Kapitänleutnant Johannes Liebe
Commanding officer, U-6
March 1941 – September 1941
Succeeded by
Kapitänleutnant Herbert Brüninghaus
First Commanding officer, U-597
20 November 1941 – 12 October 1942
Ship sunk