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(Maritime Warfare Command) was the high command of the Kaiserliche Marine
The Imperial German Navy was the German Navy created at the time of the formation of the German Empire. It existed between 1871 and 1919, growing out of the small Prussian Navy and Norddeutsche Bundesmarine, which primarily had the mission of coastal defense. Kaiser Wilhelm II greatly expanded...
and the Kriegsmarine
The Kriegsmarine was the name of the German Navy during the Nazi regime . It superseded the Kaiserliche Marine of World War I and the post-war Reichsmarine. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany.The Kriegsmarine grew rapidly...
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
during the World Wars.
It led planning and execution of naval combat and directed the distribution of naval forces. In the Second World War their competence was limited to except-domestic sea-areas, where the naval group commands did not possess the operational guidance. Also the submarine war was subordinate to another force, the commander of the submarines (BdU).
Chiefs of Staff of the Seekriegsleitung (Second World War) were:
- October 1938 to 10 June 1941: Admiral Otto Schniewind
Otto Schniewind was a General Admiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross . The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.-Career:Schniewind entered the...
- until 20 February 1943: Admiral Kurt Fricke
Kurt Fricke was a Admiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.-Biography:...
- to end of war: Admiral Wilhelm Meisel
Wilhelm Meisel was an Admiral of the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.- Biography :...