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Reinhard Hardegen

German World War II U-boat commander
Hardegen in 2016

Korvettenkapitän Reinhard Hardegen (18 March 1913 – 9 June 2018)[1] was a German U-boat commander during World War II, oil businessman and politician. He was born in Bremen, Germany. He was the last surviving Ace of the Deep member. He was the 24th-most-successful commander of the war, known for sinking 22 ships.

After the war, he spent a year and a half in British captivity before starting a successful oil trading business and serving as a member of Bremen's city council (the Bürgerschaft) from 1959 to 1979.[2]

Hardegen turned 100 in March 2013.[3] He died in Bremen on 9 June 2018 of respiratory failure at the age of 105.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Reinhard Hardegen im Alter von 105 Jahren gestorben". Weser Kurier. 14 June 2018.
  2. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Korvettenkapitän Reinhard Hardegen". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  3. "Empfang zum 100. Geburtstag von Reinhard Hardegen" (in German). Bremische Bürgerschaft. April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  4. "Bremische Bürgerschaft: Startseite". www.bremische-buergerschaft.de.