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Otto Kähler

Otto Kähler
Otto Kähler
Born (1894-03-03)3 March 1894
Hamburg, German Empire
Died 2 November 1967(1967-11-02) (aged 73)
Kiel, Germany
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Konteradmiral
Commands held
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Kähler (3 March 1894 – 2 November 1967) was a Konteradmiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He commanded the German auxiliary cruiser Thor, a merchant raider, on two combat patrols and sank or captured 12 ships, for a combined tonnage of 96,547 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Kähler relinquished command of Thor on 20 July 1941 to Günther Gumprich, who would also received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as commander of Thor.




  1. ^ a b c d Dörr 1995, p. 298.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 248.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 88.


External links

  • "Deutsches Marinearchiv". Otto Kähler. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  • "Lexikon der Wehrmacht". Otto Kähler. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
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