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Günther Seibicke
Born (1911-08-30)30 August 1911
Died 26 May 1943(1943-05-26) (aged 31)
Place of birth Eggersdorf
Place of death North Atlantic
Buried at (48°16′N 05°33′W / 48.267°N 5.55°W / 48.267; -5.55 (U-436 (U-boat)))
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Reichsmarine
Years of service 1932–1943
Rank Korvettenkapitän (posthumous)
Unit cruiser Köln
cruiser Königsberg
Commands held U-436

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Günther Seibicke (30 August 1911 – 26 May 1943) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He and the entire crew of U-436 were killed on 26 May 1943 by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Test and the corvette HMS Hyderabad.

Summary of career

Ships attacked

As a U-boat commander of U-436 Günther Seibicke is credited with sinking six merchant ship of 36,208 gross register tons (GRT), one warship of 291 metric tons (286 long tons; 321 short tons), and damaging two ships of 15,575 GRT.

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
1 March 1942 RT-19 Komintern  Soviet Union 577 Sunk
13 April 1942 Kiev  Soviet Union 5,823 Sunk
27 October 1942 Frontenac  Norway 7,350 Damaged
27 October 1942 Gurney E. Newlin  USA 8,225 Damaged
27 October 1942 HMS LCT-2281*  United Kingdom 291 Sunk
27 October 1942 Sourabaya  United Kingdom 10,107 Sunk
29 October 1942 Barrwhin  United Kingdom 4,998 Sunk
8 January 1943 Albert L. Ellsworth  Norway 5,283 Sunk
8 January 1943 Oltenia II  United Kingdom 6,394 Sunk

* Carried by Sourabaya



  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 335.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 397.
  • Busch, Rainer & Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939-1945 - Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 3-8132-0515-0.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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