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Gerhard Schaar

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Berlin
Date of death Jan 24, 1983 Maseru
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, German Cross in Gold
The details

Gerhard Schaar (5 March 1919 – 24 January 1983) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

Gerhard Schaar as commander of U-957 sank two merchant ships totalling 7,564 gross register tons (GRT) plus sinking two warships of 604 long tons (614 tonnes).

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
26 January 1944 Fort Bellingham  United Kingdom 7,153 Sunk
USS PTC-38  United States Navy 54 Sunk
26 August 1944 Nord  Soviet Navy 411 Sunk
23 September 1944 Brilliant  Soviet Navy 550 Sunk


  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (15 May 1940)
    • 1st Class (15 May 1940)
  • Destroyer War Badge (19 October 1940)
  • Narvik Shield (20 October 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 14 February 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See on U-957/11. Unterseeboots-Flottille
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 1 October 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See and commander of U-957
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