Theodor Krancke

Theodor Krancke

Theodor Krancke
Admiral Theodor Krancke (left), General der Infanterie Walther Buhle, Hauptmann Lang, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel
Born (1893-03-30)30 March 1893
Died 18 June 1973(1973-06-18) (aged 80)
Wentorf bei Hamburg
Allegiance German Empire (to 1919)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
Years of service 1912–45
Rank Admiral
Commands held battleship Admiral Scheer
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Theodor Krancke (30 March 1893 – 18 June 1973) was an admiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Under the command of Krancke, during the five-month-long raiding cruise, the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer sank 13 merchant ships, one armed merchant cruiser Jervis Bay, and captured three merchant ships representing 115,195 tons of Allied and neutral shipping.

During the Allied Invasion of Normandy Admiral Krancke, as Commander-in-Chief of Navy Group Command West headquartered in Paris, controlled all German naval vessels in France, as well as the various land-based naval units and the naval coastal artillery and antiaircraft batteries along the French Atlantic coast.



  1. ^ a b c d e f Dörr 1995, p. 358.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 470.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 272.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 90.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generaladmiral Wilhelm Marschall
Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine Group Command West
20 April 1943 – 20 October 1944
Succeeded by
Kriegsmarine High Command West
Preceded by
Kriegsmarine Group Command West
Commander-in-Chief of Kriegsmarine High Command West
20 October 1944 – 18 April 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Admiral Otto Ciliax
Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine High Command Norway
26 April 1945 – 26 August 1945
Succeeded by