Karl Dönitz Biography

Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz, sometimes spelt Doenitz in English, was a German naval commander and convicted war criminal who played a major role in the Naval history of World War II. He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before World War I. In 1918, while he was in command of UB-68, the submarine was sunk by British forces and Dönitz was taken prisoner. While in a prisoner of war camp, he formulated what he later called Rudeltaktik. At the start of World War II, he was the senior submarine officer in the Kriegsmarine. In January 1943, Dönitz achieved the rank of Großadmiral and replaced Grand Admiral Erich Raeder as Commander-in-Chief of the Navy.

On 30 April 1945, after the death of Adolf Hitler and in accordance with Hitler's last will and testament, Dönitz was named Hitler's successor as Staatsoberhaupt, with the title of Reichspräsident and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. On 7 May 1945, he ordered Generaloberst Alfred Jodl to sign the German instruments of surrender in Rheims, France. Großadmiral Dönitz remained as head of the Flensburg Government, as it became known, until it was dissolved by the Allied powers on 23 May. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Karl Dönitz
Nationality:
Germany
Profession:
Soldier
Date of Birth:
September 16, 1891
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
December 24, 1980
Age at Death:
89
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