Günther Prien (16 January 1908 – presumed 7 March 1941) was a German U-boat commander during World War II. He was the first U-boat commander to receive the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and the first member of the Kriegsmarine to receive the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany. It was Germany’s highest military decoration at the time of its presentation to Prien.Under Prien’s command, the submarine U-47 was credited with sinking over 30 Allied ships totaling about 200,000 gross register tons (GRT), along with the British battleship HMS Royal Oak at anchor in the Home Fleet’s anchorage in Scapa Flow.pp. 200+ illusts First Edition #1219 (Some foxing with age, NO dustjacket.)
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