Gerhard Thäter

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Gerhard Thäter
Born (1916-11-18)18 November 1916
Died 15 February 2004(2004-02-15) (aged 87)
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
West Germany West Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1936–1945 — 1956–1960's
Rank Kriegsmarine (1936–1945): Kapitänleutnant
Bundesmarine (1955–1960's):
Unit 3rd U-boat Flotilla
5th U-boat Flotilla
8th U-boat Flotilla
29th U-boat Flotilla
Commands held U-466, June 1942 – August 1944
U-3506, October 1944 – May 1945

World War II

Awards German Cross in Gold
U-boat War Badge
Other work Diplomatic Naval attaché to Ottawa

Gerhard Thäter (born 18 November 1916 in Kiel, died 15 February 2004 in Wilhelmshaven) was a German naval officer.

Entering the Kriegsmarine in 1936 he served in the submarine branch and as commander of U-466 and U-3506 saw action during the Second World War.

When the Federal Republic of Germany established her own armed forces in 1956, Thäter joined the Bundesmarine. In the course of his service he was made Naval Attaché to West Germany's embassy at Ottawa, Canada.

On 15 February 2004 Thäter died in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.



  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999b). German U-boat commanders of World War II : a biographical dictionary. Translated by Brooks, Geoffrey. London, Annapolis, Md: Greenhill Books, Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-186-6. 

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Gerhard Thäter's awards include the German Cross in Gold for repeated acts of bravery, the Iron Cross Second Class, and the U-Boat War Badge.