Eberhard Friedrich Clemens Godt

Konteradmiral (Crew VII/18)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  15 Aug 1900 Lubeck
Died  13 Sep 1995(95)Lübeck, Germany


1 Jul 1918 Seekadett
1 Apr 1922 Fähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1923 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1924 Leutnant zur See
1 Jan 1926 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jul 1933 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1937 Korvettenkapitän
1 Jul 1940 Fregattenkapitän
1 Sep 1942 Kapitän zur See
1 Mar 1943 Konteradmiral


1918 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1918 Hanseatic Cross
10 Feb 1942 German Cross in Gold

U-boat Commands

U-25 6 Apr 1936 3 Jan 1938   No war patrols 
U-23 1 Sep 1936 3 Jan 1938   No war patrols 

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.

Korvkpt. Eberhard Godt with Kptlt. Oehrn (left)

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.

Patrol info for Eberhard Friedrich Clemens Godt

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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