Otto Schultze

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Otto Schultze
Generaladmiral Otto Schultze.jpg
Otto Schultze
Born(1884-05-11)11 May 1884
Died22 January 1966(1966-01-22) (aged 81)
Allegiance German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Imperial German Navy
Years of service1900–1942
RankKriegsmarine epaulette Generaladmiral.svg Generaladmiral
UnitSMS König
Commands heldU-63
SMS Elsass
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsPour le Mérite
RelationsHeinz-Otto Schultze (son)

Otto Schultze (11 May 1884 – 22 January 1966) was a Generaladmiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Pour le Mérite during World War I. The Pour le Mérite was the Kingdom of Prussia's highest military order for German soldiers until the end of World War I. As a U-boat commander during World War I, he was credited with the sinking of 53 merchant ships for a total of 132,567 gross register tons, and HMS Falmouth of 5,275 long tons (5,360 t) displacement.[1]


Schultze joined the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) on 7 April 1900 as a Seekadett (sea cadet). He initially served on König during World War I before transferring to the U-boat service in 1915, taking command of U-63. He surrendered command of U-63 in mid-December 1917. He then served as a first officer of the admiral staff of the commander in chief of the U-boats at the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, he held the position of chief of the I. U-Boot-Flottille (1st U-boat Flotilla). Between the wars, he held various staff positions. From September 1927-September 1929, he was commander of Elsass.[2] In October, he took command of the Marinestation der Nordsee (North Sea Naval Station). He was promoted to Vizeadmiral (vice admiral) in 1934 and to admiral in 1936 retiring in 1937. With the outbreak of World War II, he was reactivated into active service.



  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Otto Schultze". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ Hildebrand, Röhr and Steinmetz 1990b, p. 34.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Rangliste der Deutschen Reichsmarine, Hrsg.: Reichswehrministerium, Mittler & Sohn, Berlin 1929, p. 40.
  4. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 556.
  • Hildebrand, Hans H. and Henriot, Ernest (1990a). Deutschlands Admirale 1849-1945 Band 3: P-Z (in German). Biblio Verlag. Osnabrück. ISBN 3-7648-1499-3.
  • Hildebrand, Hans H.; Röhr, Albert; Steinmetz, Hans-Otto (1990b). Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe. Biographien - ein Spiegel der Marinegeschichte von 1815 bis zur Gegenwart. (10 Bände) (in German). Mundus Verlag.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Admiral Karlgeorg Schuster
Commanding Admiral France
2 March 1941 – 8 August 1942
Succeeded by
Admiral Wilhelm Marschall