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Gerd Suhren
16 May 1914(1914-05-16) – 6 May 1991 (aged 76)
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Gerd Suhren
Place of birth Tafaigata, Samoa
Place of death Bonn
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933 – 1945
Rank Korvettenkapitän (Ing.)
Unit U-21, U-31, U-37, U-2511
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class
U-boat War Badge
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Reinhard Suhren

Gerd Suhren (May 16, 1914 in Tafaigata, Samoa – May 6, 1991) was a German U-boat engineer (Ing.) in World War II and older brother of Fregattenkapitän and Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords recipient Reinhard Suhren.


Gerd Suhren joined the Kriegsmarine in April 1933. Since April 1937 he served in the U-boat force and got a solid pre-war training. In September 1939 he was LI on U-37 and in the next year he rode 8 patrols on this boat. He was the first engineering officer (Leitender Ingenieur) to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Gerd Suhren left U-37 in October 1940 and became a training officer in the 25th flotilla. Later he served in several staff positions.

In September 1944 he became once more the Leitender Ingenieur on the new commissioned type XXI U-boat under the command of Adalbert Schnee. He took part in the patrol, that U-2511 rode in May 1945. After the war Gerd Suhren served for more than 2 years in mine sweeping duty. His parents and sister committed suicide in 1945, after failure to escape from the Sudetenland.[1]



  1. ^ Brustal-Naval 1999, pp. 15–16.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 735.
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