Paul Wenneker

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Paul Wennecker
Born (1890-02-27)February 27, 1890
Kiel, Germany
Died October 17, 1979(1979-10-17) (aged 89)
Bergstedt, Germany
Allegiance German Empire
Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
Years of service 1909-1945
Rank Admiral
Commands held

German torpedo boat T 109 German minesweeper M 2 German minesweeper M 30 German minesweeper M 132

German pocket battleship Deutschland

Paul Werner Wenneker (27 February 1890 – 17 October 1979) was a German admiral and diplomat. Born in Kiel, Wenneker died in Bergstedt, Hamburg.

Having joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1909, Wenneker twice served as German Naval Attaché to Japan, first from 1935 to 1937 and again from 1940 to 1945.[1]:235 In-between these terms, from 1937 to 1940, he was commanding officer of the German pocket battleship Deutschland.

As Naval Attaché, Wenneker advocated the use of U-Boats to disrupt American supply routes, but his advice went largely unheeded by the Japanese.

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  1. ^ Giese, O., 1994, Shooting the War, Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, ISBN 1557503079
  • Hildebrand, Hans; Henriot, Ernest (1990). P — Z. Deutschlands Admirale : 1849-1945 : die militärischen Werdegänge der See-, Ingenieur-, Sanitäts-, Waffen- und Verwaltungsoffiziere im Admiralsrang (in German). 3. Osnabrück: Biblio-Verl. pp. 530—531. ISBN 3764814993. 

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