Werner Hartenstein

Werner Hartenstein

World War Ii U-boat Commander
Born Feb 27, 1908

Gustav Julius Werner Hartenstein commanded the U-boat U-156 in the German Navy of the Third Reich during World War II. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Corvette captain Hartenstein is credited with the sinking of 20 ships for a total of 97,504 gross register tons (GRT), and with damaging three ships and a destroyer.… Read More

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1908 Birth Hartenstein was born in Plauen in the Vogtland of the Kingdom of Saxony, then a federated state of the German Empire, on 27 February 1908. … Read More


1923 15 Years Old He celebrated his confirmation in 1923 and graduated from a humanities-oriented secondary school in Plauen with his diploma (Abitur) in 1926. … Read More
1927 19 Years Old He matriculated at the University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) in Freiburg im Breisgau on 29 April 1927.


1928 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Aged 20, Hartenstein re-applied for the cadetship, was accepted and began his naval career with the Reichsmarine on 1 April 1928 as a member of "Crew 28" (the incoming class of 1928). … Read More
1930 22 Years Old Following a 14-month stay on board the cruiser Emden (16 October 1928 – 3 January 1930) he advanced in rank to Fähnrich zur See (officer cadet) on 1 January 1930. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old Hartenstein served as first watch officer on the torpedo boat Greif from 30 September 1936 to 13 November 1938.
1937 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He was promoted to Kapitänleutnant (captain lieutenant) on 1 June 1937.


1938 30 Years Old Hartenstein took command of torpedo boat Seeadler on 20 November 1938.
1939 31 Years Old In October 1939 Hartenstein transferred and switched command of torpedo boat Jaguar with Kapitänleutnant Franz Kohlauf who took over command of Seeadler.
1941 33 Years Old On 30 March 1941, command of Jaguar was given to Kapitänleutnant Friedrich-Karl Paul and Hartenstein transferred to the U-boat force, and on 4 September 1941 was given command of U-156, a Type IXC U-boat.
…  U-156 received a radio message on the evening of 8 January ordering Hartenstein to proceed at high speed to Lorient, where it arrived on 10 January 1942.
During his fifth patrol (16 January 1943 – 8 March 1943), on 8 March 1943, Hartenstein and the entire crew of U-156 were killed in action by depth charges from a US PBY Catalina aircraft (VP-53/P-1; Lieutenant E. Dryden), east of Barbados. … Read More
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