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Kapit nleutnant Rolf M tzelburg (23 June 1913-11 September 1942)
was a German U-boat commander during World War II and a recipient
of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German:
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's
Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded
to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military
leadership.M tzelburg joined the Kriegsmarine on 1 April 1932.
After spending two years on minesweepers, he joined the U-boat arm
in October 1939. He spent five months commanding the school boat
U-10 from June to November 1940 as part of 21st U-boat Flotilla,
receiving his first combat experience aboard U-100 under Joachim
Schepke. He commissioned U-203 into 1st U-boat Flotilla in February
1941. On his eight patrols in the Atlantic and off the US east
coast, as well as in the Caribbean Sea, he sank 19 ships for a
total of 81,961 gross register tons (GRT), and damaged three more
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