Marbach, Karl-Heinz

Date of birth:
July 5th, 1917 (Kolberg/Pommerania, Germany)
Date of death:
September 27th, 1995 (Bonn, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Karl-Heinz Marbach started his naval career as Wachoffizier on the U 101 under the command of Frauenheim and Mengersen. With Mengersen the ship had its greated successes like the sinking of five ships in Convoy HX-90 between 20th November and 2nd December 1940.
On 17th December 1942 Marbach commissioned the U 953 as its commander. On 5th July 1944 he sunk a ship of 1.927 BRT, his only confirmed sinking. On 11th July he claimed the sinking of a steamer of app. 9000 BRT, but the claim was not confirmed. Another torpedo shot during the same action was delayed and exploded in a destroyer. It was never known wether the ship sunk, so also this claim was not confirmed.
On 17th December 1944 he commissioned the U 3014 as its commander. This ship was scuttled by its crew in Beustädter Bay on 3rd May 1945.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See (1st Lieutenant at Sea)
Unit:
Kommandant "U 953"
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 21st, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1941
Flotten-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1941
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1944
U-Boots-Frontspange in Bronze

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher collection
  • - 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
    - Kurlowski F., Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 1995, ISBN 9780887407482

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