Reinhard Teddy Suhren fired more successful torpedo shots than any other man during the war and he was the first junior officer to be awarded the Knight s Cross for his achievements. However, this is not the reason Teddy remains legendary within the U-boat world. Fondly remembered for his good humour and leadership skills, he was also rebellious by nature, and frequently in trouble with higher authority. Despite his refusal to conform to the rigid thought-patterns of National Socialism, his operational successes protected him, and he found himself accepted in the highest circles of power in Germany, staying as a guest at Martin Bormann s house and on one occasion even dancing with Eva Braun. He was also one of the first to publish his reminiscences, his account being typically forthright and unconventional.
TEDDY SUHREN ACE OF ACES Memoirs of a U-Boat Rebel
A well told account of Teddy Suhren who joined the German navy in 1935 and began his U-boat career in March 1938. He spent a year as 1st watch officer on U-48 where he received the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross for his contribution in the sinking of 200,000 tons of merchant shipping. In April 1941 he took command of U-564. As a commander he is credited with the sinking of 18 merchant vessels, 1 warship and damaged to four merchant vessels for which he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.