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Rudolf Petersen (Kapitän zur See)
Recipient of the Knights Cross

Rudolf Petersen (Kapitän zur See)

Rudolf Petersen (Kapitän zur See)
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Intro Recipient of the Knights Cross
Was Military leader
From Germany Denmark
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 15 June 1905, Sønderborg, Sønderborg Municipality, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Death 2 January 1983, Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (aged 77 years)
Rudolf Petersen (Kapitän zur See)
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Rudolf Petersen (15 June 1905 – 2 January 1983) was a German naval officer during World War II. Petersen, in his role as Commodore, was the head of the court of what might have been the last desertion-trial of Nazi Germany. Matrose Fritz Wehrmann, age 26 from Leipzig, Funker Alfred Gail, age 20 from Kassel, and Obergefreiter Martin Schilling, age 22 from Ostfriesland were executed on board Buéa on 10 May 1945 two days after the Unconditional surrender of Germany.

The accused had received news of the German capitulation to the British forces on 4 May 1945. On 6 May 1945 they left their stations on Svendborg on Fünen to get to the mainland. They were caught by the Danish Police and handed over to the German authorities on Fünen.


  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (1940) & 1st Class (28 May 1940)
  • Fast Attack Craft War Badge (19 March 1942) with Diamonds (13 June 1944)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 4 August 1940 as Korvettenkapitän and chief of the 2. Schnellbootflottille
    • Oak Leaves on 13 June 1944 as Kapitän zur See and leader of the Schnellboote (FdS)
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