Schulte-Mönting, Erich

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Schulte-Mönting, Erich, born 28-08-1897 in Wesel, Rheinland, joined the Army Service on 03-01-1916, age 18, as a Fähnrich in the Kaiserliche Marine and came to the Naval School Mürwik.

    For his education he was on board of the cruiser SMS Württemburg on 05-03-1916 and on board of the SMS Derfflinger to 04-02-1918 and became a Leutnant zur See on 19-06-1918. He remained in the new Reichs Naval  and became the Naval Adjutant of Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg  on 05-01-1926. Promoted to Fregattenkapitän  on 01-10-1938 and commander of the destroyer Z 7 Shem Hermann, which ship Hitler visited in 1938

   He then was assigned as High Commander of the Kriegsmarine  and until 19-02-1944 as Chief of Staff of the Highest Commander of the Kriegsmarine Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz

   . In this position he was promoted to Kapitän zur See  on 01-04-1940 and to Konteradmiral  on 01-03-1943. He was the Commanding Admiral of the Norway’s North Coast, with headquarter in Trondheim. He became a Vice Admiral  on 01-04-1945 and was responsibly for the retreat of the German occupation forces of the Wehrmacht after the capitulation of Germany. He landed in British captivity and brought to the London Cage „Londoner Käfig“ Kensington Palace Gardens 6-8, London, Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Center, CSDIC of the British War Office. Schulte Mönting was a witness during the Processes in Nuremberg and released from prison on 01-07-1947. In the five and a half years of the war, German shipyards built 1.156 U-boats, of which 784 were lost from enemy action or other causes. Their toll of enemy shipping was 2.603 merchant ships of over 13 million tons and 175 naval vessels of all types. In terms of human lives, 28.000 German U-boat crew of the total 40.900 men recruited into the service lost their lives and 5.000 were taken prisoners of war. Some 30.000 men of the allied merchant service died, in addition to an unknown number of Allied naval personnel. When the war was ended, 156 U-boats surrendered, 221 were scuttled by their own crews and two escaped to Argentina.

Death and burial ground of Schulte-Mönting, Erich.

 Living in Soes, Schulte Mönting died at the age of 78, on 17-01-1976 and is buried on the Osthofenfriedhof of Soest. One of his close neighbours there is Generalleutnant der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur 20th Flak Divisision TuneaGeorg Neuffer.

  

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