Alfred Peter Friedrich von Tirpitz
(19.03.1849 - 06.03.1930)
place of birth: Küstrin,
Staatssekretär des Reichsmarineamtes
Imperial German admiral who was the architect of his
country's pre-War naval buildup. Began his career in 1865 as a
naval officer and rose rapidly to the rank of rear admiral. He
thereafter became Germany's first "Grand Admiral" and
commander of the Germany Navy.
As State Secretary of the Imperial German Naval Office (1897-1916) he decided the fate of the Empire depended on countering
Britain's navy, which thus lead to his long-range plans to build up the
navy with cruisers and battleships (Navy Bill of 1900). The German fleet
cost too much money to risk during the war, and its minor presence in
combat (Battle of Jutland, 1916) provided inconclusive
Also a strong advocate of
unrestricted submarine warfare, he nonetheless proved to be a less
than adequate leader during the Great War. After the War ended, he became a
member of the Reichstag (1924-28) and the leader of the right-wing
Deutschnationale Volkspartei (DNVP). Tirpitz was married to Maria Auguste
Lipke. The Admiral passed away on 6
March 1930 Ebenhausen near Munich.
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