Otto Kähler

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Otto Kähler
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Born(1894-03-03)3 March 1894
Died2 November 1967(1967-11-02) (aged 73)
Commands held
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Kähler (3 March 1894 – 2 November 1967) was a German admiral 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 a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Kähler relinquished command of Thor on 20 July 1941 to Günther Gumprich.

He was appointed the commander of the naval forces in Brittany in September 1944. He was captured by US forces soon thereafter. Repatriated February 1947, he died in Kiel on 2 November 1967.[1]




  1. ^ Neitzel 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Dörr 1995, p. 298.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 248.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 88.


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