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Hermann Rasch

German World War II U-boat commander
The basics
Occupation Korvettenkapitän Submariner
Country Germany
Date of birth Wilhelmshaven
Date of death Jun 10, 1974 Hamburg
The details

Hermann Rasch (26 August 1914 – 10 June 1974) was a German U-boat commander of U-106 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.
On 14 May 1942 Reinhard Suhren, commander of U-564, sunk the Mexican oil tanker Potrero del Llano. The sinking of this ship, compounded with U-106's attack on another tanker, the Faja de Oro, would bring Mexico to declare "A State of War" on the Axis powers.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As commander of U-106 Rasch is credited with the sinking of twelve ships for a total of 78,553 gross register tons (GRT), further damaged one ship of 4,639 GRT and damaging one auxiliary warship of 8,246 GRT.


  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th Class (8 April 1938)
  • Spanish Cross in Bronze without Swords (6 June 1939)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class
    • 1st Class (11 July 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 29 December 1942 as Kapitänleutnant and commander of U-106
  • Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 7 February 1942
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 295.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 350.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 613.
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