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Naval Corps
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Flag of the Staff of a Generalkommando (1871–1918)
Active 20 November 1914-1919
Disbanded 1919
Country  German Empire
Engagements World War I

The Naval Corps (German language: Marinekorps) was a corps formation of the German Empire in World War I. It was formed in November 1914 and was still in existence at the end of the war.[1]


The Naval Corps was formed on 20 November 1914 to command the land-based forces of the Imperial German Navy operating in Flanders. It was continuously based on the extreme right wing of the German line on the Western Front, up against the North Sea. It commanded 1st Naval Division and 2nd Naval Division throughout; one division held the land front, the other the sea front.

It was still in existence at the end of the war[2] in the 4th Army, Heeresgruppe Kronprinz Rupprecht on the Western Front, still holding the extreme right of the line. It had the following composition:[3]


The Naval Corps was commanded throughout its existence by Admiral Ludwig von Schröder, brought out of retirement.[6][7]

See also


  1. Cron 2002, pp. 88–89
  2. Cron 2002, pp. 88–89
  3. Ellis & Cox 1993, pp. 186–187
  4. The remaining third of 38th Landwehr Division was assigned to the adjacent Guards Reserve Corps.
  5. The bulk of 3rd Division was assigned to the adjacent Guards Reserve Corps.
  6. "German War History". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  7. "Biography on The Prussian Machine". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 


  • Cron, Hermann (2002). Imperial German Army 1914-18: Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle [first published: 1937]. Helion & Co. ISBN 1-874622-70-1. 
  • Ellis, John; Cox, Michael (1993). The World War I Databook. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85410-766-6. 

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