The Homepage for U-35, a Type VII U-Boat
... 1936 - 1939 ...
Klaus Ewerth was the first commander of U-35, from before commissioning on 03 November 1936 until 06 December 1936.
Kptlt. Hans-Rudolf Rösing took command of U-35, likely on 06 December 1936, for a planned patrol in Spanish waters during early 1937; this patrol was canceled.
Instead, a trip to Ponta
Delgada in the Azores
He was born on 28 August 1905 in Wilhelmshaven,
, and entered the Navy in 1924 (Crew 24).
Kptlt. Hermann Michahelles was born on 11 January 1909, entered the Navy in 1927 (Class of 1927), and became commander of U-2 from 25 July 1935 until 30 September 1936. On 01 October 1936 he was promoted to the rank of Kapitänleutnant. From this date until to 06 December 1936 he was a U-Boat commander for the
2nd U-Flotilla, "Saltzwedel", scheduled to be commander of U-36. Instead, Klaus Ewerth was given command of U-36, Hans-Rudolf Rösing was given command of U-35 for the planned patrol to Spain, and Hermann Michahelles was scheduled to become commander of U-35 after that patrol. After U-35 returned from the Azores on
03 February 1937, he was finally given command of the ship, and served in that capacity until 30 July 1937, when he died in an automobile accident in Haunstetten
Oblt. Otto Kretschmer was the Watch Officer of U-35
from 03 November 1936 - 30 July 1937. Upon the death of Kptlt. Hermann Michahelles, Otto
Kretschmer became commander of U-35 until 15 August 1937. He
continued to serve as Watch Officer of U-35 until 30 September 1937.
He was born on 01 May 1912 in Heidenau, Kreis Liegnitz, Germany
, and entered the Navy in 1930 (Crew 30). He died on 05 August 1998.
Kptlt. Werner Lott was commander of U-35
from 15 August 1937 until 29 November 1939.
He was born on 03 December 1907 in Willenberg, East Prussia. He entered the Navy in 1926 (Crew 26). He was promoted to the rank of Kapitänleutnant (Lietenant Commander) on 01 October 1934 (10th in the class). From September 1936 - 31 March 1937, he was commander of U 21. During April 1937, he participated in ship construction lessons at Germaniawerft, Kiel. From 15 April 1937 to 15 August 1937, he was commander of U-32
"I was named as commander of U-35 by Dönitz personally on 15
August 1937. Thereupon I gave up command of U-32 to Paul Büchel
He received the Iron Cross, second class, in October 1939.
Werner Lott was promoted to the rank of Korvettenkapitän (Commander) on 01 November 1940 while in captivity as a POW in Canada.
He died on 02 May 1997. [1,3,15]
A much more complete description of his career can be found on his web page.
The U-35 crew in Spain. 
The crew of U-35 was featured on the front and back covers of "Die Wehrmacht" (25 October 1939) upon return from the first war patrol. [32,33]
Another photograph taken of the U-35 crew. 
At the time of capture by the British, the crew of U-35 consisted of the
following individuals, as reported by the United Kingdom's Directorate of Naval
Staff Duties, Foreign Document Section:
Matrose Dr. Karl Rabe (doctor)
* reported by the UK
as Oberleutnant (Ing.); he had recently been promoted to Kapitänleutnant.(Ing.)
Crewmembers of U-35 who were not on the final war cruise included:
Ob.Ltn.z.S. Hans-Bernhard Michalowski
(Second Watch Officer, 10.1937 - 10.1938; First Watch Officer 10.1938 - 09.1939)
Guest officers on board U-35 at commissioning included:
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