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Erich Raeder
Erich Raeder
(24 April 1876 – 6 November 1960) was a naval leader in Germany who played a major role in the naval history of World War II. Raeder attained the highest possible naval rank—that of Grand Admiral — in 1939, becoming the first person to hold that rank since Alfred von Tirpitz. Raeder led the Kriegsmarine
Kriegsmarine
for the first half of the war; he resigned in 1943 and was replaced by Karl Dönitz. He was sentenced to life in prison at the Nuremberg
Nuremberg
Trials, but was released early due to failing health.

Contents

1 Life before becoming the Grand Admiral

1.1 Early years 1.2 Imperial German Navy 1.3 World War I

2 Weimar Republic

2.1 High Seas Fleet mutiny 2.2 Kapp putsch 2.3 Commander
Commander
in Chief

3 World War II

3.1 Resignation

4 Post war

4.1 Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trial 4.2 Freedom

5 Service summary 6 References

6.1 Citations 6.2 Bibliography

7 External links

Life before becoming the Grand Admiral[edit] Main article: Erich Raeder
Erich Raeder
pre Grand Admiral Early years[edit] Raeder was born in Wandsbek in the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein in the German Empire. His father was a headmaster, who as a teacher and a father was noted for his marked authoritarian views, and who impressed upon his son the values of hard work, thrift, faith and obedience—all values that Raeder preached throughout his life.[1] Hans Raeder also warned his children that if Germany were to become a democracy, that would be a disaster as it meant government by men "playing politics"—doing what was only best for their petty sectarian interests instead of the nation.[1] Imperial German Navy[edit] Raeder joined the Kaiserliche Marine
Kaiserliche Marine
(Imperial Navy) in 1894 and rapidly rose in rank, becoming Chief of Staff for Franz von Hipper
Franz von Hipper
in 1912. From 1901 to 1903 Raeder served on the staff of Prince Heinrich of Prussia, and gained a powerful patron in the process.[2] Raeder's rise up the ranks was due mostly to his intelligence and hard work.[3] Owing to his cold and distant personality, Raeder was a man whom even his friends often admitted to knowing very little about.[3] The dominating figure of the Navy
Navy
was Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, the autocratic State Secretary of the Navy. Tirpitz's preferred means of obtaining "world power status" was through his Risikotheorie (risk theory) where Germany would build a Risikoflotte (Risk Fleet) that would make it too dangerous for Britain to risk a war with Germany, and thereby alter the international balance of power decisively in the Reich's favor. Tirpitz transformed the Navy
Navy
from the small coastal defense force of 1897 into the mighty High Seas Fleet of 1914. Raeder was married in 1903 and had three children by his first wife.[4] In 1904, Raeder, who spoke fluent Russian, was sent to the Far East
Far East
as an observer of the Russo-Japanese War.[4] Starting in 1905, Raeder worked in the public relations section of the Navy, where he first met Tirpitz and began his introduction to politics by briefing journalists to run articles promoting the Seemachtideologie and meeting politicians who held seats in the Reichstag in order to convert them to the Seemachtideologie.[5] Working closely with Tirpitz, Raeder was heavily involved in the lobbying the Reichstag to pass the Third Navy
Navy
Law of 1906 which committed Germany to building "all big gun battleships" to compete with the new British Dreadnought class in the Anglo-German naval race that had begun early in the 20th century.[6] Raeder was the captain of Kaiser Wilhelm II's private yacht in the years leading up to World War I. In itself, this was not a rewarding post, but often people in this post were quickly promoted afterwards.[7] World War I[edit] Raeder served as Hipper's Chief of Staff during World War I, as well as in combat posts. He took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915 and in the Battle of Jutland
Battle of Jutland
in 1916. Raeder later described Hipper as an admiral who "hated paperwork"; accordingly, Hipper delegated considerable power to Raeder, who thus enjoyed more influence than his position as chief of staff would suggest.[8] During and after World War I the German navy had divided into two factions. One faction, led by Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz
Alfred von Tirpitz
(1849-1930), consisted of avid followers of the teachings of the American historian Alfred Thayer Mahan
Alfred Thayer Mahan
(1840-1914) and believed in building a "balanced fleet" centred around the battleship that would, if war came, seek out and win a decisive battle of annihilation (Entscheidungsschlacht) against the Royal Navy.[9] Another faction, led by Commander
Commander
Wolfgang Wegener (1875-1956), argued that because of superior British shipbuilding capacity Germany could never hope to build a "balanced fleet" capable of winning an Entscheidungsschlacht, and so the best use of German naval strength was to build a fleet of cruisers and submarines that would wage a guerre de course.[10] After reading all three of Wegener's papers setting out his ideas, Admiral Hipper decided[when?] to submit them to the Admiralty in Berlin, but changed his mind after reading a paper by Raeder attacking the "Wegener thesis" as flawed.[11] This marked the beginning of a long feud between Raeder and Wegener, with Wegener claiming that his former friend Raeder was jealous of what Wegener insisted were his superior ideas.[12] In May 1916 Raeder played a major role planning a raid by Hipper's battlecruisers that aimed to lure out the British battlecruiser force which would then be destroyed by the main High Seas Fleet.[13] This raid turned into the Battle of Jutland. Raeder played a prominent role, and was forced midway through the battle to transfer from SMS Lützow to SMS Moltke as a result of damage to Hipper's flagship. As Chief of Staff to Admiral Hipper he was closely involved in a plan of Hipper's for a German battlecruiser squadron to sail across the Atlantic and sweep through the waters off Canada down to the West Indies and on to South America to sink the British cruisers operating in those waters, and thereby force the British to redeploy a substantial part of the Home Fleet to the New World.[14] Though Hipper's plans were rejected[when?] as far too risky, they significantly influenced Raeder's later thinking.[15] On 14 October 1918, Raeder received a major promotion with appointment as deputy to Admiral Paul Behncke, the Naval State Secretary.[16] Raeder had doubts about submarines, but he spent the last weeks of the war working to achieve the Scheer Programme of building 450 U-boats. On 28 October 1918 the Imperial German fleet mutinied.[17] Raeder played a major role in attempting to crush the mutiny. Weimar Republic[edit] Raeder's two younger brothers were both killed in action in the First World War, and in 1919 his first marriage, which had been under heavy strain due to war-related stress, ended in divorce.[18] For the puritanical Raeder, the divorce was a huge personal disgrace, and for the rest of his life he always denied his first marriage.[18] The years 1918–1919 were some of the most troubled in his life.[18] High Seas Fleet mutiny[edit] In the winter of 1918–19, Raeder was closely involved in the efforts of the naval officer corps, strongly backed by the Defense Minister Gustav Noske–a Majority Social Democrat with firm law and order views–to disband the sailors' councils established after the mutiny.[19] During this period, Raeder served as the liaison between the naval officer corps and Noske, and it was Raeder who suggested to Noske on 11 January 1919 that Adolf von Trotha be appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Navy.[20] Tirpitz's attacks on the Emperor's leadership during the war had caused a split in the officer corps between the followers of "the Master" and the Kaiser, and Raeder wanted Trotha as the only officer acceptable to both fractions.[20] Noske in turn asked the Navy
Navy
for volunteers for the Freikorps
Freikorps
to crush uprisings from the Communists.[21] The Navy
Navy
contributed two brigades to the Freikorps.[22] The price of the Navy
Navy
supporting the Freikorps was the continuation of the Navy's "state-within-the state" status and the end of attempts to democratise the military. Under the Weimar Republic, the military considered itself überparteiliche (above party), which did not mean political neutrality as implied.[23] The military argued that there were two types of "politics": parteipolitisch (party politics) which was the responsibility of the politicians, and staatspolitisch (state politics) which was the responsibility of the military.[23] Staatspolitisch concerned Germany's "eternal" interests and the "historic mission" of winning world power, which was to be pursued regardless of what the politicians or the people wanted.[23] Kapp putsch[edit] After the war, in 1920, Raeder was involved in the failed Kapp Putsch when, together with almost the entire naval officer corps, he declared himself openly for the "government" of Wolfgang Kapp
Wolfgang Kapp
against the leaders of the Weimar Republic.[2] In the summer of 1920 Raeder married his second wife, with whom he was to have one son. After the failure of the Kapp putsch he was marginalized in the Navy, being transferred to the Naval Archives, where for two years he played a leading role in writing the official history of the Navy
Navy
in World War I.[24] After this, Raeder resumed his steady rise in the navy hierarchy, becoming Vizeadmiral
Vizeadmiral
(Vice Admiral) in 1925. Commander
Commander
in Chief[edit] In October 1928, Raeder was promoted to Admiral and made Commander-in-Chief of the Reichsmarine, the Weimar Republic
Weimar Republic
Navy (Oberbefehlshaber der Reichsmarine). Main article: Interwar naval service of Erich Raeder World War II[edit] Main article: Erich Raeder
Erich Raeder
during World War II Großadmiral Raeder believed the navy was unprepared for the start of World War II
World War II
by at least five years. The surface fleet was inadequate to fight the Royal Navy
Navy
and instead adopted a strategy of convoy raiding. Raeder wanted the Kriegsmarine
Kriegsmarine
to play an active part because he feared the budget would be cut after the war. The smaller ships were dispersed around the world in order to force the Royal Navy
Navy
to disperse their ships to combat them, while the battleships would carry out raids in the North Sea, with a view towards gradually reducing the Royal Navy's strength at home. Raeder was unhappy with the outcome of the Battle of the River Plate and believed that Hans Langsdorff
Hans Langsdorff
should not have scuttled the ship, but instead sailed out to engage the Royal Navy. Raeder subsequently issued orders that ships were to fight until the last shell and either win or sink with their flag flying. Fleet commander Hermann Boehm was held responsible and was sacked by Raeder. The Allies were using Norwegian airfields to transfer aircraft to the Finns fighting against the Soviets in the Winter War, as well as mining Norwegian waters and the Germans were alarmed by these developments. If the allies were to use Norwegian naval bases or successfully mine Norwegian waters, they could cut off the vital iron ore imports from Sweden and tighten the blockade of Germany. The Allies also had made plans to invade Norway and Sweden in order to cut off the iron ore shipments to Germany. Admiral Rolf Carls, commander of the Kriegsmarine
Kriegsmarine
in the Baltic sea region, proposed the invasion of Norway to Raeder in September 1939. Raeder briefed Hitler on the idea in October, but planning did not begin until December 1939. The operation was in low-priority planning until the Altmark Incident, but found a new sense of urgency thereafter. The invasion proved costly for the Kriegsmarine, losing a heavy cruiser, two of its six light cruisers, 10 of its 20 destroyers and six U-boats. In addition, almost all of the other capital ships were damaged and required dockyard repairs, and for a time the German surface fleet had only three light cruisers and four destroyers operational in the aftermath of the Norwegian Campaign. The swift victory over France allowed the Kriegsmarine
Kriegsmarine
to base itself in ports on France's west coast. This was strategically important as German ships would no longer have to navigate through the dangerous English Channel in order to return to friendly ports, as well as allow them to range farther out into the Atlantic to attack convoys. With the surrender of France, Raeder saw the opportunity to greatly enhance the navy's power by confiscating the ships of the French Navy
Navy
and manning them with his crews. Hitler however, vetoed this idea, afraid that doing so would push the French navy to join the Royal Navy. British fears of Raeder's plan resulted in the Attack on Mers-el-Kébir, where the Royal Navy
Navy
attacked the French navy despite being at peace. On 11 July 1940, Hitler and Raeder agreed to continue to build the battleships of Plan Z. Raeder also had bases built at Trondheim, St Nazaire and Lorient. At this time, Raeder and other senior officers began submitting memos to invade (among others) Shetland, Iceland, the Azores, Iran, Madagascar, Kuwait, Egypt and the Dutch East Indies.[citation needed] In January 1941, the battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were sent on a successful commerce raiding mission in the Atlantic. On 18 March, Raeder wanted to start firing on US warships even if unprovoked.[citation needed] He declined to invade the Azores on the grounds of the surface ship losses the previous year.[citation needed] In April 1941, Raeder planned to follow up the success of Operation Berlin with an even larger mission involving a battleship, two battlecruisers and a heavy cruiser under the command of Lütjens, codenamed Operation Rheinübung. The original plan was to have the battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst involved in the operation, but Scharnhorst was undergoing heavy repairs to her engines, and Gneisenau had just suffered a damaging torpedo hit days before which put her out of action for six months. In the end only the Bismarck and Prince Eugen were sent out on the mission, which ended with Bismarck's sinking. The debacle almost saw the end of using capital ships against merchant shipping.[citation needed] Hitler was not pleased and saw the Bismarck as a poor investment. In late 1941, Raeder planned the channel dash which sent the remaining capital ships to Norway. The plan was to then threaten the lend-lease convoys to the Soviet Union, to deter an invasion of Norway and to tie down elements of the Home fleet that might otherwise have been used in the Atlantic against the wolfpacks. After the attack on Pearl Harbor Raeder, along with Field Marshal Keitel and Riechsmarschall Goring, urged Hitler to immediately declare war on the United States in view of Rainbow Five, and to begin the Second Happy Time.[25] Resignation[edit] Main article: Erich Raeder
Erich Raeder
resignation and later On 30 Jan. 1943, following Hitler's outrage over the Battle of the Barents Sea, Karl Dönitz
Karl Dönitz
was promoted to Grand Admiral, and Raeder was named Admiral Inspector, a ceremonial office. Raeder had failed to inform Hitler of the battle, which Hitler learned about from the foreign press. Hitler thought the Lutzow and Hipper lacked fighting spirit, according to Albert Speer. The reorganisation fitted into Speer's goal of working more closely with Dönitz.[26] Post war[edit] Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trial[edit] Raeder was captured by Russian troops on June 23, 1945[27] and imprisoned in Moscow. At the end of July, he was taken to Nuremberg
Nuremberg
to stand trial on the counts of: (1) conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; (2) planning, initiating, and waging wars of aggression; and (3) crimes against the laws of war. Raeder was found guilty on all the counts[28] and sentenced to life imprisonment.[29] He was surprised as he had expected to be sentenced to death. Whilst in prison, Raeder was the constant companion of Dönitz, with whom he continued his feud.[citation needed] His wife, supported by German veterans, led several campaigns to free him until, on account of his ill health, he was released on 26 September 1955.[citation needed] Freedom[edit] Raeder wrote his autobiography using ghost writers. He enjoyed attending and speaking at veteran meetings.[citation needed] He died in Kiel
Kiel
on 6 November 1960. His wife had died in 1959. He is buried in the Nordfriedhof (North Cemetery), Kiel.[30] Service summary[edit] Dates of rank

Seekadett (Sea Cadet): 26 Apr 1894 Fähnrich zur See (Midshipman): 13 May 1895 Leutnant zur See (Lieutenant at Sea): 25 Oct 1897 Oberleutnant zur See (Senior Lieutenant at Sea): c. 1900 Kapitänleutnant (Captain Lieutenant): c. 1905 Korvettenkapitän (Corvette Captain): 15 Apr 1911 Fregattenkapitän (Frigate Captain): c. 1915 Kapitän zur See (Captain at sea): 19 Nov 1919 Konteradmiral
Konteradmiral
(Counter admiral): 1 Aug 1922 Vizeadmiral: 1 Apr 1925 Admiral: 1 Oct 1928 Generaladmiral (General admiral): 10 Apr 1936 Großadmiral (Grand admiral): 1 Apr 1939

Awards and decorations

Order of the Red Eagle, 4th class (Prussia, 22 June 1907)[31] Honorary Knight 2nd class of the House and Merit Order of Peter Frederick Louis with Silver Crown (Oldenburg, 17 September 1907)[31] Order of the Red Eagle, 4th class with Crown (Prussia, 5 September 1911)[31] Commander's Cross of the Order of Franz Joseph
Order of Franz Joseph
(Austria, 16 September 1911)[31] Commander's Cross of the Order of the Redeemer (Greece, 14 May 1912)[31] Iron Cross
Iron Cross
(1914) 1st Class (19 November 1914) & 2nd Class (18 February 1915)[31] Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
(30 September 1939) as Großadmiral and Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine[32] Order of Michael the Brave, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class (Romania, 14 October 1941)[31] Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Liberty
Order of the Cross of Liberty
(Finland, 25 March 1942)[31]

References[edit] Citations[edit]

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p. 37. ^ Bird Weimar pp. 45-46. ^ Bird Weimar pp. 46-52. ^ a b c Bird Weimar p. 140. ^ Thomas pp. 57-58. ^ http://ariwatch.com/Links/RainbowFive.htm ^ Speer, Albert (1995). Inside the Third Reich. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 374–375. ISBN 9781842127353.  ^ Biagi, Enzo (1983). La seconda guerra mondiale, una storia di uomini [The world war two, a history of men] (in Italian). Milan: Gruppo editoriale Fabbri. p. 2743.  ^ Biagi, p. 2757 ^ Biagi, p. 2759 ^ "Find a Grave Memorial# 13726635, Erich Johann Raeder (with photographs of portrait and grave)".  ^ a b c d e f g h Dörr 1996, p. 142. ^ Scherzer p. 611.

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External links[edit]

Raeder versus Wegener Conflicts in German Naval Strategy by Commander Kenneth Hansen

Military offices

Preceded by Admiral Hans Zenker Commander
Commander
in Chief of the Reichsmarine 1928–1935 Succeeded by himself as Commander
Commander
in Chief of the Kriegsmarine

Preceded by himself as Commander
Commander
in Chief of the Reichsmarine Commander
Commander
in Chief of the Kriegsmarine 1935–1943 Succeeded by Karl Dönitz

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Sir Stafford Cripps Cover of Time Magazine 20 April 1942 Succeeded by Pierre Laval

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Marshal of the Realm (Reichsmarschall)

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Hermann Göring

Field Marshals (Generalfeldmarschall)

Heer

Werner von Blomberg Fedor von Bock Eduard Freiherr von Böhm-Ermolli (honorary) Walther von Brauchitsch Ernst Busch Wilhelm Keitel Ewald von Kleist Günther von Kluge Georg von Küchler Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb Wilhelm List Erich von Manstein Walter Model Friedrich Paulus Walther von Reichenau Erwin Rommel Gerd von Rundstedt Ferdinand Schörner Maximilian von Weichs Erwin von Witzleben

Field Marshals

Luftwaffe

Robert Ritter von Greim Albert Kesselring Erhard Milch Wolfram von Richthofen Hugo Sperrle

Grand Admirals

Kriegsmarine

Karl Dönitz Erich Raeder

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U-boats

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Battle of the Atlantic
(World War I) Battle of the Atlantic
Battle of the Atlantic
(World War II) Mediterranean (World War I) Mediterranean (World War II) Operation Regenbogen Operation Deadlight

U-boat
U-boat
lists

Types Regions German Successful Never deployed Austro-Hungarian Foreign captured Uncompleted projects

Commanders

Successful Knight's Cross recipients Erich Raeder Karl Dönitz

Wolfpacks

List of wolfpacks of World War II Blücher Borkum Dränger Eisbär Eisteufel Endrass Hai Hartmann Hecht Kiebitz Kreuzotter Leuthen Lohs Pfadfinder Pfeil Prien Raubgraf Rösing Rossbach Schill Schlieffen Seewolf Steinbrinck Siegfried Streitaxt Tümmler Vorwärts Weddigen West Wolf

Major engagements

Convoy SC 7 Convoy PQ 17 Battle of the St. Lawrence Convoy ONS 5 Black May Bismarck chase

U-boat
U-boat
flotillas

World War I

I II III IV Flanders Kurland Pola Constantinople

World War II

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.

Capital ships sunk

World War I

HMS Britannia HMS Cornwallis French battleship Danton HMS Formidable Gaulois Russian battleship Peresvet HMS Majestic Italian battleship Regina Margherita HMS Russell French battleship Suffren HMS Triumph

World War II

HMS Ark Royal HMS Barham HMS Courageous HMS Eagle HMS Royal Oak

Technology

Sonar Depth charge Hedgehog Leigh light Q-ship Snorkel Elektroboot

Concepts

Submarine warfare Intensified submarine warfare Unrestricted submarine warfare

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Major defendants at the Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trials

Sentenced to death

Martin Bormann1 Hans Frank Wilhelm Frick Hermann Göring2 Alfred Jodl Ernst Kaltenbrunner Wilhelm Keitel Joachim von Ribbentrop Alfred Rosenberg Fritz Sauckel Arthur Seyss-Inquart Julius Streicher

Imprisoned (terms)

Karl Dönitz (10 years) Walther Funk
Walther Funk
(life) Rudolf Hess
Rudolf Hess
(life) Konstantin von Neurath
Konstantin von Neurath
(15 years) Erich Raeder
Erich Raeder
(life) Baldur von Schirach
Baldur von Schirach
(20 years) Albert Speer
Albert Speer
(20 years)

Acquitted

Hans Fritzsche Franz von Papen Hjalmar Schacht

No decision

Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach3 Robert Ley4

1 In absentia. Remains discovered in Berlin in 1972 and conclusively identified in 1998; confirmed to have committed suicide on 2 May 1945 2 Committed suicide on 15 October 1946 before sentence could be carried out 3 Found unfit to stand trial 4 Committed suicide on 25 October 1945

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