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Horst Hofmann

Horst Hofmann

Recipient of the Knight's Cross
The basics
Occupations Coxswain
Countries Germany
Gender male
Birth January 18, 1919 (Ore Mountains)
Death June 14, 1978 (Lübeck)
Horst Hofmann
The details

Horst Hofmann (18 January 1919 in Cranzahl, Erzgebirge – 14 June 1978 in Lübeck) was a watch officer and coxswain on a Kriegsmarine U-boat in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Hofmann sailed on nine war patrols on U-48 under the commands of Herbert Schultze, Hans Rudolf Rösing and Heinrich Bleichrodt, on seven war patrols on U-134 under the command of Rudolf Schendel, and four war patrols on U-672 under the command of Ulf Lawaetz. He and the entire crew of U-672 were taken prisoner of war when U-672 was sunk on 18 July 1944 following an attack from the frigate HMS Balfour. This action took place in the English Channel north of Guernsey at position 50°03′N 02°30′W.


  • U-boat War Badge (1939)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (25 February 1940)
    • 1st Class (30 August 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 1 April 1943 as Oberbootsmannsmaat on U-134/3. Unterseebootsflottille
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 20 May 1944 as Obersteuermann and coxwain and watch officer on U-672
  • ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 447.
  • Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 191.
  • Fellgiebel 2000, p. 232.
  • Scherzer 2007, p. 400.

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