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Kurt Weyher
Born (1901-08-30)30 August 1901
Died 17 December 1991(1991-12-17) (aged 90)
Place of birth Graudenz
Place of death Wilhelmshaven
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
Years of service 1918-1945
Rank Konteradmiral
Commands held Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel
auxiliary cruiser Orion (HSK-1)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Great Cross of Merit

Kurt August Viktor Weyher (30 August 1901 – 17 December 1991) was a Konteradmiral of the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) who, during World War II, commanded a merchant raider. Material on the command of the raider Orion was published online at [1].

Weyher was heavily decorated during his active lifetime and progressed to Konteradmiral (equivalent to Rear Admiral) during the war, so he seems to have been an effective officer at the least.

Although it was not mentioned in his book "The Black Raider",[1] it seems that Weyher was a non-trivial painter; in a feature article[2] author Keith Gordon[3] tells that on the voyage of the Orion Weyher did about 30 paintings on subjects connected with the ship's activities. The one painting illustrated seems to have had narrative merit and to have represented the topographic background recognisably.



  1. Weyher, Kurt; Ehrlich, Hans Jürgen; “The Black Raider”. Pub: ELEK Books London (1955) hardback. Also: Panther Books; Panther edition (1958) paperback
  2. Dinsdale, Mike; “Book dives deep for sunken treasure”; The Northern Advocate, Saturday, January 7, 2006 page 13
  3. Gordon, Keith (2005). Deep Water Gold. Searov Technologies Limited. ISBN 0-473-10056-8. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Dörr 1996, p. 350.
  • Dörr, Manfred (1996) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2:L–Z. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2497-2.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Range, Clemens (1974) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-87943-355-0.
  • Weyher, Kurt; “The German navy in the south-eastern area of Europe from the summer of 1941 to the autumn of 1944 ; under the orders of the Southern Naval Command”. Publisher: U.S. Navy (1947).
  • Weyher, Kurt; Ehrlich, Hans Jürgen; “The Black Raider”. Pub: ELEK Books London (1955) hardback. Also: Panther Books; Panther edition (1958) paperback.
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