Töniges, Werner

    Date of birth:
    January 7th, 1910 (Oberhausen, Germany)
    Date of death:
    January 25th, 1995 (Essen, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Werner Töniges left the Merchant Marine in 1935 to join the Kriegsmarine. In 1936 he was appointed to the Battlecruiser Graf Spee and saw action during the Spanish Civil War.

    Töniges became a commander of a Schnellboot (MTB) in 1937 and was appointed deputy commander of the 1.Schnellbootflotille in 1940. Het left the sea for a job as Commanding officer at the Naval school at Flensburg-Mürwick in Septembre 1942. A year later he was appointed Referent and Reichsinspector for the Marine-HJ (Hitler youth of the Kriegsmarine) with the Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine. Between May 1945 and June 1946 het was a Prisoner of War with the British.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Unit:
    Kommandant S.10
    Awarded on:
    April 5th, 1939
    Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Unit:
    Kommandant S.10
    Awarded on:
    June 6th, 1939
    Spanienkreuz, Bronze mit Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Unit:
    Kommandant S.10
    Awarded on:
    December 20th, 1939
    Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Awarded on:
    June 24th, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Awarded on:
    July 6th, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Unit:
    Kommandant S.102
    Awarded on:
    January 28th, 1941
    Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant zur See
    Unit:
    Kommandant S 102
    Awarded on:
    February 25th, 1941
    Action:
    Awarded for his successes as an S-Boot commander in the opening years of the war, which included four freighters and three steamers sunk.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Kapitänleutnant (Captain-lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kommandant S.102
    Awarded on:
    November 4th, 1941
    Vapaudenristin 4.luokka (VR 4)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Käpitanleutnant (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kompaniechef, 1. Abteilung, Marineschule Mürwick, Kriegsmarine
    Awarded on:
    November 13th, 1942
    Action:
    Awarded for his further successes as an S-Boot commander, which amounted to 281 sorties conducted and 18 enemy ships (with 86000 GRT) sunk.
    Details:
    143rd Award.
    At the moment of the action he still served as Kommandant "S 102".
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Kapitänleutnant (Captain-lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kompaniechef i.d. 1.Abteilung Marineschule Mürwick
    Awarded on:
    November 16th, 1942
    Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen mit Brillianten
    Action:
    He received the Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen mit Brillianten for a total of 143 operations.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Kapitänleutnant (Captain-lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Kompaniechef i.d. 1.Abteilung Marineschule Mürwick
    Awarded on:
    August 16th, 1943
    Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)

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