WWI U-boat commanders

Andreas Michelsen

Kapitän zur See (Crew 4/88)

Born:19 Feb 1869 Hildesheim 
Died:8 Apr 1932 Fallingbostel 

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13 Apr 1888 Kadett
9 Apr 1889 Seekadett
12 May 1891 Unterlieutenant zur See
13 Apr 1894 Oberleutnant zur See
10 Aug 1900 Kapitänleutnant
10 Mar 1906 Korvettenkapitän
7 May 1910 Fregattenkapitän
11 Nov 1911 Kapitän zur See
29 Nov 1919 Konteradmiral
21 Jan 1920 Vizeadmiral
20 Dec 1920 Out of naval service


prewar  Order of the Red Eagle
prewar  Order of the Griffon (Mecklenburg)
prewar  Order of the Crown
prewar  Order of St. Stanislaus (Russia)
 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
1 Aug 1916  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
 Friedrich-August Cross (Oldenburg)
 Military Merit Order (Bavaria)
 Albert Order (Saxony)
31 May 1918  Pour le Mérite


Michelsen began the war as the commander officer of the armored cruiser Prinz Adalbert before assuming command of German destroyers and torpedo boats in July 1915. In June 1917, Michelsen assumed strategic command of all German submarines operations, for which is was awarded the Pour le Mérite.

The ranks of Kadett, Seekadett, and Unterlieutenant zur See were renamed in about 1899 to Seekadett, Fähnrich zur See, and Leutnant zur See respectively.

Ships hit by Andreas Michelsen

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