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Günther Pulst

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Braunschweig
Date of death Jan 05, 1991 Bonn
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, U-boat Front Clasp
The details

Günther Pulst (26 March 1918 in Braunschweig – 5 January 1991 in Bonn) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
His nephew is the American scientist Stefan M. Pulst.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate
23 November 1944 William D. Burnham  United States 7,176 Total Loss


  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (11 February 1940)
    • 1st Class (18 December 1944)
  • Destroyer War Badge (11 October 1940)
  • Narvik Shield (10 November 1940)
  • U-boat War Badge (1939) (21 February 1942)
  • U-boat Front Clasp in Bronze (19 November 1944)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 21 December 1944 as Oberleutnant zur See and commander of U-978
  • Federal Cross of merit (30 June 1980)
  • Outstanding Civilian Service Medal of the United States of America (31 March 1983)
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-978". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 491.
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 492.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 346.

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