Eberhard Friedrich Clemens Godt
Konteradmiral (Crew VII/18)
|Born||15 Aug 1900||Lubeck|
|Died||13 Sep 1995||(95)||Lübeck, Germany|
Konteradmiral Eberhard Godt
Eberhard Godt began his naval career in the Kaiserliche Marine in the last year of WWI. After the ceasefire in November 1918 he left the Navy, rejoining the newly-renamed Reichsmarine in March 1920.
His first years as an officer were mostly spent on the torpedo boats G-10 and T-155. From September 1934 he served on the cruiser Emden under the command of Fregkpt. Dönitz. Kptlt. Godt's transfer in October 1935 to the newly re-established U-boat force may well have been connected to his former commander's re-assignment.
Following a short training period after which he commanded U-23 and U-25, Korvkpt. Godt joined the staff of the FdU in January 1938 as 1. Admiralstabsoffizier as Dönitz's right-hand man in the tactical command of all U-boats, a position he held for more then seven years. The title changed to Chef der Operationsabteilung des BdU in September 1939, and in March 1943 to Chef der 2. Abteilung OKM/Skl (BdU-op).
Following Admiral Dönitz's promotion to CinC of the Kriegsmarine in January 1943, Eberhard Godt assumed more or less full responsibility for the tactical command of the U-boat force.
Between 1949 and 1952 he was part of the Naval Historical Team in Bremerhaven, which produced a history of Kriegsmarine operations in WWII from the German perspective for the US Office of Naval Intelligence.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1999). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
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