Hartmut Nöldeke

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Hartmut Nöldeke (born January 10, 1926 in Cuxhaven ; † February 9, 2013 in Schortens ) was a German doctor , retired medical officer . D. and author of various publications on the medical service of the Navy .

Nöldeke was born in 1926 as the son of naval officer Heinrich Nöldeke in the naval hospital in Cuxhaven; his father last held the rank of admiral doctor . He grew u. a. in Wilhelmshaven, Berlin and Leipzig and left high school with a certificate of maturity . After the Reich Labor Service , he joined in 1943 in Stralsund Schwedenschanze as a medical officer cadet in the Navy of the Wehrmacht ( Crew 10/43). In 1944 he began studying human medicine at the University of Strasbourg in occupied Alsace and completed his nautical training on the auxiliary cruiser Hansa . Until the end of the war he served on the hospital ships Robert Ley in the Baltic Sea and Gradica in the Adriatic Sea and in the naval hospital in Trieste. About the hospital ship Freiburg he got 1945/46 as a medical ensign at sea in British captivity , which he spent in Bari .

In 1946 he made up his Abitur at the boarding school Schloss Plön (Schleswig-Holstein) and continued his studies at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and the University of Hamburg . In 1951, he put in Hamburg the state exam from 1952 he was at the Medical Faculty of the University of Kiel with a thesis on blood creatine and Vigantol to Dr. med. PhD. He trained as an internist and was most recently senior physician at the Evangelical Amalie Sieveking Hospital in Hamburg-Volksdorf .

In 1963 he joined the German Navy as a medical officer . It was first used at the Kiel Naval Base Command . As a doctor in the 3rd Destroyer Squadron, he traveled to Norway, the USA and Canada. From 1965 to 1969 he was a troop doctor at the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Forces in Europe ( SHAPE ) in Paris-Rocquencourt, later Mons. Afterwards he was chief of the marine medical team in Glücksburg and Wilhelmshaven, chief medical officer (LSO) of the flotilla of the mine forces and group leader in the naval office in Wilhelmshaven. In 1979/80 he was the chief medical officer at the naval section command north in Kiel. From 1980 to 1984 he was at the same time military area doctor IV in Mainz and commander of the medical regiment 74. From 1984 until his retirement in 1986 the fleet doctor was used as the command doctor of the naval support command in Wilhelmshaven.

From 1977 to 1990 he was a regular participant in the Franco-German Symposia on the History of Maritime Medicine. From 1990 to 2002 he was head of the Marine Sanitary History working group. He was also involved in the HistoMed conferences on the history of shipping and marine medicine. He was a member (board member) of the German Society for Shipping and Navy History and the German Society for Military Medicine and Military Pharmacy .

Nöldeke was married and the father of three children.

Fonts (selection)

  • Medical service on board. A contribution to the organization and medical work on warships . Mittler, Herford 1981, ISBN 3-8132-0127-9 .
  • The frigate "Friedrich Wilhelm on horseback" and her ship's surgeon . Koehler, Herford 1990, ISBN 3-7822-0489-1 .
  • with Johann Schmidt: Medical service in the Royal Prussian Navy . Koehler, Herford 1993, ISBN 3-7822-0580-4 .
  • with Volker Hartmann: The medical service in the German submarine weapon and in the small combat units. History of German submarine medicine . Mittler, Hamburg a. a. 1996, ISBN 3-8132-0501-0 .
  • with Volker Hartmann: The medical service in the German fleet in World War II. Organization, medical science, experiences and teaching . 2 volumes, Mittler, Hamburg a. a. 1999/2003.
  • Headwind and tailwind. Eighty years in the marine environment . NoRa, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-86557-047-X .
  • with Volker Hartmann: Transporting the wounded across the sea. German hospital and wounded transport ships in the Second World War (= Small series of publications on military and naval history . Vol. 21). Winkler, Bochum 2010, ISBN 978-3-89911-142-2 .
  • Wishing bomb free nights. Family newsletters during World War II. Heiber-Verlag, Schortens 2010, ISBN 978-3-936691-27-6 .


  • Hartmut Klüver , Hans Schadewaldt (ed.): Contributions to the history of the medical service. Lectures at the 3rd HistoMed conference on the history of shipping and marine medicine in Wilhelmshaven from January 13-14, 2006. Festschrift for Hartmut Nöldeke (= contributions to shipping history . Vol. 12). German Society for Shipping and Marine History, Düsseldorf 2006, ISBN 3-935091-19-2 .

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