Destroyer and Torpedo Boat Officers Recommended For The Pour le Merite

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Edward L. Hsiao
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Destroyer and Torpedo Boat Officers Recommended For The Pour le Merite

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 06 Mar 2021 07:26

Are there any German naval officers who served aboard destroyers and torpedo boats during WWI that were recommended for the Pour le Merite but didn't get it?

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Re: Destroyer and Torpedo Boat Officers Recommended For The Pour le Merite

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 23 Jun 2022 07:17

It's been over a year. Find anything?

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Re: Destroyer and Torpedo Boat Officers Recommended For The Pour le Merite

Post by Felix C » 24 Jun 2022 16:45

The logical candidates are those who later had WW2 era German destroyers named after them. So check the bios on the namesakes for Z1 - Z22. Lody, Henemann, Zenker, Koellner Heidelkamp and Schmitt were not TB men. Reviewing the careers of the others there are a few candidates who could have been nominated. Flotilla commanders at Jutland and later battles against overwhelming odds.

PLM awarded for success not dying gallantly in battle in my opinion. Well at least the naval ones were. There were very few TB successes in the war. The Dover raids is the only one I can think of and their commander, Andreas Michelsen, was awarded a PLM May 31, 1918-after the raids.
Surprised Ludwig von Reuters not awarded after the 2nd Battle of Heligoland Bight. He did well there.

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