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Heinrich Schroeteler
File:Heinrich Schroeteler.jpg
Born (1915-12-10)10 December 1915
Died 19 January 2000(2000-01-19) (aged 84)
Place of birth Essen-Katernberg
Place of death Bochum
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1936–1945
Rank Oberleutnant zur See
Unit Schlesien
Panzerschiff Admiral Scheer
Commands held U-667

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Art history and sculptor

Dr. Heinrich Andreas Schroeteler (10 December 1915 – 19 January 2000) 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 is credited with damaging one merchant ship, the British steam merchant Riverton, of 7,345 gross register tons (GRT), and sinking one warship, the Norwegian minesweeper HNoMS NYMS-382, of 335 GRT.

Schroeteler transferred to the U-boat service in September 1941 and sailed on one patrol from 23 April 1942 to 15 July 1942 on U-96 as a Kommandantenschüler (commander-in-training) under the command of Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel.[1]

Heinrich Schroeteler, at the age of 50 years, began his studies of art history, archeology and medieval history at the Ruhr University Bochum. After his graduation in 1969 he worked as a research associate at the Institute of Archaeology. He led the modeling workshop, and was curator of collections. His success as a reconstructor of ancient works of art was honoured with the University Medal from the Ruhr University in 1981.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 518.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Busch and Röll 2003, p. 517.
  3. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 425.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 685.
  • Busch, Hans-Joachim; Röll (2003) (in German). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945]. Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Kurowski, Franz (1995). Knight's Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88740-748-2. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001) (in German). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2]. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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