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Flag officers of the Kriegsmarine were the leadership of the German Navy (known then as the "Kriegsmarine") from 1935 to 1945. Most flag officers had also served as officers of the Reichsmarine, as well as the Imperial German Navy during World War I. German naval flag officers were divided into five Admiralty ranks while a senior captain rank, known as Kommodore also existed. The Kriegsmarine flag officers were responsible for holding the senior most naval positions within the organization of the Kriegsmarine.

Grand admirals

Rank Name Born Naval service Major positions Post war fate Died
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Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1976-127-06A, Karl Dönitz - crop.jpg
Karl Dönitz
16 Sep 1891
1910 - 1945
(35 years)
* Supreme Commander of the German Armed Forces (1945)[N 1]
* Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy (1943-1945)
* Commander of Submarines (1939-1943)
* Leader of Submarines (1936-1939)
Sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Nuremberg trials.
Released in October 1956.
24 Dec 1980
Aged 89
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1980-128-63, Erich Raeder.jpg
Erich Raeder
24 Apr 1876
1894 - 1943
(49 years)
* Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy (1935-1943)[N 2] Sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg trials.
Released 1955 and died five years later
6 Nov 1960
Aged 84

General admirals


Vice admirals

Rear admirals

See also

  • List of German admirals



  • Lohmann W. & Hildebrand H., Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine, Verlag Hans-Henning Podzun, Bad Nauheim (1956)
  • Goerlitz, Walter. History of the German General Staff, 1657-1945. Boulder and London: Westview Press (1985)


  1. As President of Germany
  2. Previously had served as Commander-in-Chief of the Reichsmarine from 1928 to 1935
  3. Also held this position in the Reichsmarine with date of appointment from 25 September 1934
  4. Also held this position in the Reichsmarine with date of appointment from 29 September 1934
  5. While serving as fleet commander, embarked onboard the battleship Bismarck in order to serve as the operational flag officer while Captain Ernst Lindemann served as the ship's commander. Lütjens was subsequently killed during the battle of the Denmark Strait, making him the only Kriegsmarine fleet commander to die in active combat against an enemy
  6. Present during the 20 July plot, award the Wound Badge of 20 July 1944

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