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Brandi, Albrecht - Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Rank: Kapitänleutnant
Date of Award: November 24, 1944
Cross Class: Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Branch of Service: Kriegsmarine
Description of Action: Albrecht Brandi (June 20, 1914 - January 6, 1966) was a German U-boat commander in World War II. Together with Wolfgang Lüth he was the only Kriegsmarine sailor who was awarded with the Knight's cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Brandi was well known as a daring and aggressive U-boat commander.
During his naval career Brandi destroyed 14 ships, including one light cruiser, one minelayer and 3 destroyers. He also damaged the battleship HMS Rodney and the two aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Formidable. With these victories Brandi became the U-boat commander who destroyed the most warships. However, he is not the U-boat commander with the most ships sunk, that honor going to Otto Kretschmer with 47 victories. Brandi is ranked number 24 on the top scoring list of Germany's U-boat commanders. Ref Wikipedia
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