7 January 1910|
25 January 1995
|Years of service||1935–45|
pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee
|Commands held||Schnellboot "S 24", "S 26" and "S 102"|
Spanish Civil War
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Werner Töniges (7 January 1910 – 25 January 1995) was a Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He sailed with the Schnellboot "S 24", "S 26" and "S 102", sinking eighteen ships on 281 combat patrols, for a total of 86,200 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping.
Werner Töniges transferred from the Handelsmarine to the Kriegsmarine in 1935. In 1937 he was promoted to Leutnant zur See. On board of the German pocket battleship "Admiral Graf Spee" he participated in Spanish Civil War. He then transferred to the Schnellboot service. He commanded the Schnellboote "S 24", "S 26" and "S 102". Töniges was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross after 88 combat patrols on 25 February 1941. He soon also received the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross on 13 November 1942, the first in the Schnellboot service. At this point Töniges had sunk 18 war and merchant ships plus two U-boat hunters. He was transferred to the Marineschule at Flensburg-Mürwik as company commander at the end of September 1942. Here he received the Fast Attack Craft War Badge with Diamonds. As of September 1943 he served as a training officer in the Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine, where he was promoted to Korvettenkapitän on 1 January 1945.
- Iron Cross (1939)
- Spanish Cross in Bronze with Swords (6 June 1939)
- Sudetenland Medal (20 December 1939)
- Finnish Order of the Cross of Liberty 4th Class (4 November 1941)
- Fast Attack Craft War Badge
- Crimea Shield (16 August 1943)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- According to Scherzer as commander of Schnellboot S-102.
- Dörr 1996, p. 296.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 424.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 747.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 62.
- Dörr, Manfred (1996). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2: L–Z [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Surface Forces of the Navy—Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag.
- Kurowski, Franz (2007). Korvettenkapitän Werner Töniges: Der erste Eichenlaubträger der Schnellbootwaffe [Corvette Captain Werner Töniges: The First Oak Leaves Bearer of the Fast Attack Craft Service] (in German). Würzburg, Germany: Flechsig.
- Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.
- "Werner Tönigers". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in Germany). Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- Deutsche Kriegsmarine
Commander of 3. Schnellbootflottille
15 May 1940 – 23 May 1940
Kapitänleutnant Friedrich Kemnade