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Encyclopedia > Otto Weddigen

Otto Weddigen (* August 15, 1880 in Herford; † March 18, 1915 on sea) was a german u-boat commander during World War I. August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Map of Germany showing Herford Herford is town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...


He started his military career in the imperial german navy in 1901. In 1910 he was given command of one of the first german submarines, U 9. 1901 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The U-9 was a Type II U-boat. ...


On 22 September 1914, while patrolling in the region of the southern North Sea known to the British as the "Broad Fourteens", U 9 found the "Live Bait Squadron". She shot all six of her torpedoes, reloading while submerged, and in less than an hour sank the three British armoured cruisers HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy. About 1,800 men died, only 300 survived. Otto Weddigen was awarded with the Iron Cross and, after sinking the HMS Hawke and some merchant ships, with Prussia's highest medal, the Pour le Mérite. Two ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Hogue, after the battle of La Hogue, May 1692: Hogue, launched 1900, was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser, sunk in 1914. ... The Iron Cross (German: Eisernes Kreuz) is a military decoration of Germany which was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and first awarded on 10 March 1813. ... The coat of arms of the Kingdom of Prussia, 1701-1918 The word Prussia (German: Preußen or Preussen, Polish: Prusy, Lithuanian: Prūsai, Latin: Borussia) has had various (often contradictory) meanings: The land of the Baltic Prussians (in what is now parts of southern Lithuania, the Kaliningrad exclave of Russia and... The Pour le Mérite, known informally as the Blue Max, was Germanys highest military order awarded during World War I. The award was first founded in 1740, named in French, the language of the royal court, for merit. ...


Otto Weddigen died on March 18, 1915 on board of submarine U 29 after being sank by the british battle ship HMS Dreadnought in the Pentland Firth. March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Six ships and one submarine of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Dreadnought in the expectation that they would dread nought but God. ... The Pentland Firth, which is actually more like a strait than a firth, separates the Orkney Islands from the northern tip of the Scottish Highland region around Caithness. ...


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First World War.com - Who's Who - Otto Weddigen (231 words)
Otto Weddigen (1882-1915) established a reputation as a daring German U-boat commander during the first months of the First World War.
Weddigen's naval career began in 1901, during the course of which he found himself stationed at Tsingtao from 1906-07.
With Weddigen feted at home (and awarded the prestigious Pour le Merite) the loss of the three (albeit inefficient) cruisers caused much anxiety among the British naval command at the Admiralty in London, mostly notably to Grand Fleet commander Sir John Jellicoe.
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