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
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.
|Date||U-boat||Name of Ship||Nationality||Tonnage||Fate|
|000000001941-10-28-000028 October 1941||U-106||King Malcolm||United Kingdom||5,120||Sunk|
|000000001941-10-30-000030 October 1941||U-106||USS Salinas||United States Navy||8,246||Damaged|
|000000001942-01-24-000024 January 1942||U-106||SS Empire Wildebeeste||United Kingdom||5,631||Sunk|
|000000001942-01-26-000026 January 1942||U-106||Traveller||United Kingdom||3,963||Sunk|
|000000001942-01-30-000030 January 1942||U-106||Rochester||United States||6,836||Sunk|
|000000001942-02-03-00003 February 1942||U-106||Amerikaland||Sweden||15,355||Sunk|
|000000001942-02-06-00006 February 1942||U-106||Opawa||United Kingdom||10,354||Sunk|
|000000001942-05-05-00005 May 1942||U-106||Lady Drake||Canada||7,985||Sunk|
|000000001942-05-21-000021 May 1942||U-106||SS Faja de Oro||Mexico||6,067||Sunk|
|000000001942-05-26-000026 May 1942||U-106||Carrabulle||United States||5,030||Sunk|
|000000001942-05-27-000027 May 1942||U-106||Atenas||United States||4,639||Damaged|
|000000001942-05-28-000028 May 1942||U-106||Mentor||United Kingdom||7,383||Sunk|
|000000001942-06-01-00001 June 1942||U-106||Hampton Roads||United States||2,689||Sunk|
|000000001942-10-11-000011 October 1942||U-106||Waterton||United Kingdom||2,140||Sunk|
- 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.