Nordt, Otto

Date of birth:
January 12th, 1902 (Dreschwitz-Rügen/Pomerania, Germany)
Date of death:
July 25th, 1976 (Elmshorn/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandant und Gruppenführer "M 476" / Minensuchflottille
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1943
Ehrentafelspange der Kriegsmarine
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant
Unit:
Chef 14.Räumbootsflottille
Awarded on:
July 17th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant
Unit:
Chef 14.Räumbootsflottille
Awarded on:
September 6th, 1944
Action:
The following press release describes how Otto Nordt received the Knight’s Cross…

“The Führer has at the recommendation of the Supreme Commander of the Kriegsmarine, Großadmiral Dönitz, awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Kapitänleutnant Otto Nordt, commander of a minesweeper flotilla. During the first days of September he lead back the last naval security forces from the area west of the Dover strait under the most difficult of conditions, the latter including battles with enemy cruisers, destroyers, MTBs and omnipresent fighter-bombers. By this he saved many valuable forces for the further prosecution of the naval war.

Kapitänleutnant Nordt had already distinguished himself on multiple occasions while in command of R-Boats, which he lead with skill and bravery. He achieved great successes in countless battles with destroyers and light craft through his decisiveness and maritime skills, in this time sinking 5 light craft and heavily damaging at least 6 more. Only three weeks ago he was decorated with the German Cross in Gold.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse

Sources

  • - DÖRR, MANFRED, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehmacht 1939–1945, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück, 1996.
    - Ailsby Chr., A collector’s guide to: The Kriegsmarine, Ian Allan Publishing, Hersham, 2007.
    - Gericke, B., Die Inhaber des Deutschen Kreuzes in Gold, des Deutschen Kreuzes in Silber der Kriegsmarine und die Inhaber der Ehrentafelspange der Kriegsmarine, Biblio Verlag Osnabrück, 1993.
    - 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
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X