Brandi, Albrecht

    Date of birth:
    June 20th, 1914 (Dortmund, Germany)
    Date of death:
    January 6th, 1966 (Dordmund, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    On 18 December, 1944 Brandi became Fregattenkapitän. In January 1945 Fregkpt. Brandi became the Chief of the Marinekleinkampfverbände Holland (the unit comprised of small U-boats such as the Biber and the Seehund). Brandi was captured at 8 mei 1945 (IJmuiden) and was released from Canadian captivity in September 1945.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    U-617, 29.Unterseebootsflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    January 21st, 1943
    Details:
    148th Award.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    U-617, 29.Unterseebootsflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    April 11th, 1943
    Details:
    224th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    U-380, 29.Unterseebootsflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    May 9th, 1944
    Details:
    66th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
    Unit:
    U-967, 29.Unterseebootsflottille, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    November 24th, 1944
    Action:
    KrvKpt. Brandi became the Chief of U-boats operating in the eastern Baltic Sea. On 24 November, 1944 Brandi received the Diamonds to his Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (awarded for his accomplishments as U-boat commander). He was the second of only two Kriegsmarine officers to receive that award.

    Details:
    22nd Award.
    Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Fregattenkapitän
    U-boot Kriegsabzeichen mit Brillianten

    Sources

    • Photo: Wilco Vermeer, Colour photo pop-up: Willi Schumacher Collection
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
      - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
      - Skalman.nu
      - Feldgrau.com
      - Deutsche MArine Soldaten
      - Das Ritterkreuz.de
      - U-boot net
      - Die U-617 Seite