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Matrosenobergefreiter Roland Zimmermann - 6 Schnellbootflotila - S97 und S706

Roland began his Navy carrer on the Linienschiff Schlesien from May 1st 1943 - July 1st 1943. from here he was transferred to the 6 Schnellboot flotilla on May 1st 1944.

Marineunteroffizier-vorschule Oct 26th 1941 - Oct 1st, 1943

Unteroffizier vorschule Oct 2nd 1943 - April 1st 1944

Flakschule April 23rd 1944 - May 1st, 1944

He was promoted to Obergefreiter on April 1st, 1945.

Roland was awarded the Schnellboot / E-Boat badge on July 17th 1944.

He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class / EK II on Sept 25th, 1944.

He was ararded the Iron Cross 1st Class / EK on I March 26th, 1945.

Rolands first E-Boat was the S-97, a Schnellboot formerly commanded by Obersteuermaat Wilhelm Waldhausen.

The S-97 was built by Luerssen, Vegesack, hull number 12897. Her keel was laid on 18 September 1942 and was commissioned on 25 March 1943. She was assigned to the 6th Flotilla, and took part in actions in the English Channel and the Gulf of Finland.

His second E-Boat was the S706 which was made by Danziger Waggonfabrik Danzig, 1944. It was comissioned on Oct 31 1944

The S-Boat War Badge / Schnellbootkriegsabzeichen was awarded to Kriegsmarine members for service on fast attack craft or torpedo boats worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, or equivalent grade award.

Requirements included an outstandingly successful sortie, wounds in action, 12 sorties against enemy vessels or installations, or outstanding leadership. The Badge was made in two versions. The first was instituted on May 30, 1941, the second in January 1943. Both were designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin.

The Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse) was instituted on September 1st, 1939. The soldier had to be a recipient of the Iron Cross 2nd Class and had to perform three to five acts of bravery above the military obligations. There were 450,000 decorations awarded during WW2.