Schlachtschiff Bismarck | Das wahre Gesicht eines Schiffes

Volume 1.3

Seaman (men M to Z)

Volume 1.3 ends our small series in the book series on the history of seaman personnel. The new volume comprises 320 pages and tells the stories of 85 crew members of seaman career I with the surnames M to Z. For example the story of the young East Prussian Ernst Mareck who learned the trade of gardener before he volunteered for the Navy and met a girl during his training in Danzig. Or that of Heinz Ziegler from Lübeck, who lost both his parents as a child and grew up with his sister at his grandparents. While his sister emigrated to relatives in America before the impending war, he joined the Navy.

As already known from the previous parts, the portraits are preceded by the corresponding section from the crew list. Around 420 images and technical drawings illustrate the book, which is available (in german language only) on our website for € 33.50.

  • 320 pages in hardcover binding
  • Around 420 pictures and technical drawings
  • 85 portraits
  • The history of the Bismarck at a glance
  • Crewlist of the Seman from M to Z
  • First edition: October, 2022
  • Price: € 33.50 plus packaging and shipping per book: € 3.50 within Germany, abroad: € 11.00 (may differ)
  • Shipping method: Post book delivery
  • Delivery: about 3-5 days after receipt of payment (within Germany)
  • Terms of payment: payment in advance
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Cover Page 4 and 5: Table of Contents Page 8 and 9: History of the Bismarck Page 36 and 37: Crewlist Page 68 and 69: Portraits of Fritz May, Franz Mayr and Martin Mayr Page 70 and 71: Portrait of Mathias Meuser Page 72 and 73: Portrait of Mathias Meuser Page 74 and 75: Portrait of Mathias Meuser Page 96 and 97: Portrait of Karl Mihun and Heinrich Mittendorf Page 116 and 117: Portrait of Wilhelm Quade and Heinz Raeder Page 118 and 119: Portrait of Heinz Raeder Page 124 and 125: Portrait of Erich Reubold Page 132 and 133: Portrait of Bruno Robakowski Page 134 and 135: Portrait of Bruno Robakowski Page 136 and 137: Portrait of Bruno Robakowski Page 190 and 191: Portrait of Willi Treinies Page 192 and 193: Portrait of Willi Treinies Page 234 and 235: Portrait of Johann Waller and Karl Weise Page 236 and 237: Portrait of Karl Weise and Franz Weppert Page 276 and 277: Supplementary Page 278 and 279: Supplementary Page 318 and 319: Supplementary Back

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Werner Bösche, the illegitimate son of Werner Rick, knew nothing about his father for a long time, until pictures of him appeared with the help of the Federal Archives and even a half-sister was found.

Read his story

Werner Rick

Portraits of Crewmembers in Volume 1.3

Fritz Mai
Hubert Maier
Herbert Manthey
Ernst Mareck
Otto Maus
Fritz May
Franz Mayr
Martin Mayr
Matthias Meuser
Wilhelm Mielke
Karl Mihun
Heinrich Mittendorf
Werner Mlynarczyk
Willi Müller
Hans Muth
Gerhard Nürnberg
Arnold Otten
Richard Pfaff
Alfons Pientka
Herbert Pinhack
Alfred Plösch
Herbert Prinke
Herbert Pusch
Wilhelm Quade
Heinz Raeder
Adolf Rama
Erich Reubold
Willi Richter

Werner Rick
Johann Riedl
Bruno Robakowski
Josef Rogowicz
Helmut Rost
Werner Rudatzki
Franz Rupprich
Titus Sayn
Heinrich Schalck
Josef Schamper
Michel Scheer
August Scheufens
Max Schittke
Friedrich Schneider
Kurt Schnetter
Heinz Seelig
Otto Siemßen
Heinz Soyeaux
Heinz Staat
Hans Stiller
Alfred Sura
Reinhold Thiele
Heinrich Timm
Kurt Tobolt
Willi Treinies
Rolf Tupat
Gerhard Ulke
Gerhard Ulrich
Franz Untersteger

Franz Unzeitig
Michael Usselmann
Kurt Veigel
Mathieu Vent
Paul Vogel
Rudolf Voll
Richard Wägener
Gerhard Wagner
Johann Wagner
Johann Waller
Karl Weise
Franz Weppert
Leo Wesemann
Franz Wetsch
Gerhard Wilhelm
Xaver Windorfer
Franz Witterhold
Erich Wollbrecht
Johann Wunderlich
Heinrich Würzburger
Rudolf Zander
Horst Zängler
Heinz Ziegler
Johann Ziffels
Hans Zimmermann
Franz Zöller
Ewald Zöllner
Werner Zuza

Michael Usselmann


The trained butcher Michael Usselmann from Bamberg joined the navy in 1938. He died from his severe wounds on May 27, 1941 at the battle aid station.

Reas his story


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  • Volume 1.1: € 29.50
  • Volume 1.2: € 33.50
  • Volume 1.3: € 33.50
  • Volume 2: € 32.50
  • Volume 3: € 34.90
  • Crewlist: € 26.50

All prices exclude packaging and postage
per book € 3.50 within Germany, abroad: € 11.00 (may differ)

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