WWI U-boat commanders

Kurt Slevogt

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/10)

2 ships sunk with a total of 2,861 GRT

Born:21 Mar 1892 München 
Died:23 Jul 1957 Hamburg 

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1 Apr 1910 Seekadett
15 Apr 1911 Fähnrich zur See
29 Sep 1913 Leutnant zur See
22 Mar 1916 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Jan 1921 Kapitänleutnant
1 Apr 1929 Korvettenkapitän
1 Oct 1934 Fregattenkapitän
1 Oct 1936 Kapitän zur See
1 Jul 1940 Konteradmiral
1 Sep 1942 Vizeadmiral


   Iron Cross 2nd class
   Military Merit Order (Bavaria)
   U-Boat War Badge
 Iron Cross 1st class
1939  War Merit Cross 2nd Class

U-boat Commands

U 1071 Jan 1918 - 31 Jul 1918
U 7130 Jul 1918 - 14 Oct 1918
U 7915 Oct 1918 - 11 Nov 1918


Slevogt joined the Imperial Navy on 1 April 1910. He completed his basic training on the armored cruiser SMS Hansa and then came to the Naval Academy Mürwik, where on 15 April 1911 he was promoted to Fähnrich zur See. After completing his training Slevogt first came on 1 October 1912 aboard the battleship SMS Thüringen and 1 October 1913 joined the light cruiser SMS Stettin. There he was on 27 September 1913 promoted to Leutnant zur See. From 5 February 1914 to the outbreak of World War II out into the light cruisers SMS Rostock, SMS Regensburg and SMS Graudez and his interim promotion to Oberleutnant zur See on 22 March 1916.

From 1 March to 17 August 1917 underwent submarine traingin at the Submarine School. Upon graduation he was on 26 July 1918 assigned as a watch officer on SM U 107, and subsequently to 20 November 1918 given command of SM U 71.

After the war Slevogt worked from February to mid April 1919 as a recruiter for the Marine Regiment Madlung. He then joined the III. Marine Brigade, and was there until 18 May 1920 as instructor, then worked as a company commander.

Slevogt was transferred to the Navy, first used as a conductor at the Naval Radio School Swinemünde. This was followed by a use of 6 October 1920 to 4 October 1923 as a teacher at the Naval Intelligence School and was promoted to Kapitänleutnant on 1 Jan 1921 From 5 October 1923 to 24 September 1925 was Slevogt as company commander of the Second and First Department of the ship's master division of the North Sea and then he came in third naval staff officer to the staff of the Marine Station of the Baltic Sea. From there took place on 27 September 1926 for two years, he was transferred to the battleship Hessen and role as a watch officer. For three years he provided service to 25, then September 1931 as head of the naval training department (A III) of the Naval Command Office.

On 1 April 1929 he was promoted to Korvettenkapitän. He was then stationed from 26 September 1931 to 27 September 1933 on board the battleship Schlesien. First, as navigation officer, then as first officer.

From 21 May 1935 Slevogt commanded the submarine defense school. On 1 October 1934 he was promoted to Fregattenkapitän and on 1 October 1936 to Kapitän zur See. At the same time he was head of the Education Association of the U-boat school. From 18 September 1937 Slevogt was chief of staff in the staff of Admiral of the Baltic Station II, from 1 January 1938 letter 2 Admiral of the Baltic Sea one. In this role, he was at the beginning of World War II.

From 4 December 1939 to 31st March 1943 Slevogt acted as second Admiral of the Baltic Sea and in this role was promoted on 1 July 1940 to Konteradmiral and on 1 September 1942 further promoted to Vice Admiral. He was then made commander of the Naval High Command and the Baltic Sea on 30 from in June 1943.

He served as an officer serving voluntarily beyond his duty and age (zV) until the war ended. With the German surrender Slevogt fell into British prisoner of war, being released on 8 January 1946.

Ships hit by Kurt Slevogt

DateU-boat Name of shipType of shipTonsNat.
14 Apr 1918 U 107 MarstonmoorSteamer2,744br
29 Jun 1918 U 107 Castor ISailing vessel117nw
2 ships sunk (2,861 tons).

Media links

Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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