Albert Wilhelm Heinrich Prinz
von Preußen, K.H.
(14.08.1862 - 20.04.1929)
place of birth: Potsdam, Brandenburg
Preußischer Prinz, GenInspekt der
The younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II,
Prince Heinrich served during the pre-War years as Inspector General of
the Imperial Naval Forces, attaining the rank of Grand Admiral. He
likewise enjoyed a ceremonial posting as Colonel General with the rank
of Field Marshal.
He entered the German Navy at the age of 16 and served as Chief
of the Flotilla from 1906 to 1909. He also tried his hand in politics
but twice, in 1912 and in 1914, mistakenly lead his brother to believe
that their cousin King George V. would keep England neutral if Germany
went to war against the French. As Navy Inspector General when
hostilities commenced, Prince Heinrich was selected to command Imperial
Germany's Baltic Sea Fleet (Oberbefehlshaber der Ostseestreitkräfte).
Under his leadership, the ill-equipped German sailors were able to keep
the far superior Russian fleet at bay up until the Russian Revolution of
1917. At that point, Prince Heinrich in effect retired from active
military duty. Heinrich died in April 1929 in Hemmelmark, Schleswig-Holstein.
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