Petersen, Rudolf, born 15-06-1905 in Atzerballig on the Island Alsen, Denmark, as the son of a priest. He joined the Naval as a cadet on 16-11-1925, age 20 and was promoted to Oberleutnant on 01-07-1931. In the new Navy he was appointed as Kapitänleutnant of the Schnellboat S9 , on 06-09-1934. He started the second war with a reconnaissance trip from Helgoland. He was again promoted now to Korvettenkapitän and transferred to the Northsea. On 15-08-1940 during a visit of High Group Commander West, General Alfred Saalwächter, who was executed by the Russians, on 16-12-1945, age 62, there was a huge explosion in the torpedo warehouse and all ships were damaged. The fleet couldn’t sail out and probably it was a sabotage. Petersen became a Admiral Staff Officer on 20-10-1941 and prepared for a Command of the Adolf Hitler Schnellboats, which command he hold until the end of the war. Promoted on 01-04-1944 as a Kapitän sur See he received the Oak Leaves as Commander of the Torpedo boats. Petersen here with Konrad Adenauer became Commodore of the Navy on 23-09-1944 and Admiral OB Marine-Gruppenkommandeur West, Theodore Krancke
appreciated him very much. With only 40 Torpedo boats at the end of the war he couldn’t take too much risk anymore. Petersen was the leader of a court against the sailors, Martin Schilling, from Ostfriesland, Fritz Wehrmann , from Leipzig and Alfred Gail from Kassel, accused of dissertation, after they had heard of the surrender of the German troops., on 04-05-1945.
Alfred Gail. Remembrance stone for the three in Schleswig.
Death and burial ground of Petersen, Rudolf.