By the start of the first world war, the german imperial navy possessed 22 pre-dreadnoughts, 14 dreadnought battleships and 4 battle-cruisers a further three ships of the könig class were completed between august and november 1914, and two bayern -class battleships entered service in 1916. The kriegsmarine (german pronunciation: [ˈkʁiːksmaˌʁiːnə], literally war navy) was the navy of germany from 1935 to 1945 it superseded the imperial german navy of the german empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the weimar republic.
By the end of the first world war the german navy was one of the largest in the world however, under the terms of the versailles treaty in 1919, the german government was restricted to vessels under 10,000 tons, forbidden to own submarines and allowed only 1,500 officers.
The anglo-german naval race was the most spectacular strand of the general maritime arms build-up before world war i often, albeit misleadingly, described as both the first and the prototypical arms race among modern industrial nations, this arms race resulted from and lent shape to the anglo-german antagonism.
In 1928 erich raeder, an apolitical career sailor and first world war veteran, took the helm at the reichsmarine first, raeder had to persuade the german leadership that a navy was important after gaining general hindenburg's support, raeder secured the funds for his naval rebuilding program. What follows is a summary of the more significant persons in the german command structure during world war ii, mostly gleaned from their wikipedia ent a summary of wwii german military leaders - navweaps discussion boards.
Commander of the german navy's u-boats until 1943 then subsequently commander in chief of the navy doenitz was respected and trusted by hitler and became head of state after hitler's death in 1945 following the nuremburg trials he was sentenced to ten years in prison for war crimes.
Historical summary of the us naval railway batteries as the fighting on the western front solidified in the fall of 1914, military leaders realized the importance of mobile, long-range, heavy artillery for striking targets deep behind enemy lines world war i-era 14-inch naval railway gun displayed in willard park, washington navy yard.