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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann

Career:

Branch: Kaiserliche Marine / Reichsmarine / Kriegsmarine
Born: 26 August 1895 in Kiel, Germany.
Died: 19 May 1988 in Mölln

Ranks:
Vizeadmiral 1 April 1943
Konteradmiral 1 April 1942
Kommodore
Kapitän zur See 1 October 1937
Fregattenkapitän 1 April 1936
Korvettenkapitän 1 October 1931
Kapitänleutnant 1 January 1924
Oberleutnant zur See 25 December 1917
Leutnant zur See 22 March 1915
Oberfähnrich zur See
Fähnrich zur See 12 April 1913

Decorations:
Iron Cross 1914
2nd Class 1 August 1916
1st Class 14 February 1918
Cross of Honor
Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung 1st Class
Clasp of the Iron Cross 1939
2nd Class 16 October 1939
1st Class 26 November 1939
High Seas Fleet Badge
Destroyer War Badge
German Cross in Gold 20 November 1941
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 21 March 1942
Cross of Merit 1st Class 15 July 1965

Commands:
T157
Takes command on 28 September 1922
Ends command on 22 September 1924

Königsberg
Takes command on 27 June 1939
Ends command on 15 September 1939

Scharnhorst
Takes command on 23 September 1939
Ends command on 31 March 1942

Personal Information:

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann was born on 26 August 1895 in Kiel, Germany and was a serving member of the Kriegsmarine during World War II and managed to attain the rank of Vizeadmiral and went on to command the following Königsberg and Scharnhorst.

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann joined the military service of the Kaiserliche Marine on 1 April 1912 as a Seekadett and took his first ship training on the cruiser SMS Hansa. On 1 April 1913 he underwent further training at the Naval Academy Mürwik and on 12 April 1913 was promoted to Fähnrich zur See.

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann resigned command of the Coastal Artillery School and was assigned commander of the light cruiser Königsberg on 27 June 1939. After the start of Second World War, Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann at first remained in command of Königsberg. On 21 September 1939 Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann took over command from Kapitän zur See Otto Ciliax of the battleship Scharnhorst. The battleship Scharnhorst's first military operation commenced on 21 November 1939 lasting until 27 November 1939. Attended by her sistership the battleship Gneisenau, and the light cruiser Köln, and nine destroyers, was patrolling the region between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The intention of the operation was to draw off British units and ease the pressure on the heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee, which was being pursued in the South Atlantic.

Two days later, the German flotilla, under the command of Admiral Wilhelm Marschall who was onboard Gneisenau, intercepted the HMS Rawalpindi. At 4:07 p.m., lookouts aboard Scharnhorst spotted the British ship, and less than an 60 minutes later Scharnhorst had closed the range. At 5:03 p.m., Scharnhorst opened fire, and three minutes later a salvo from her 28 cm guns hit HMS Rawalpindi's bridge, killing the captain and the majority of the staff. During the brief engagement, HMS Rawalpindi managed to score a hit on Scharnhorst, which caused modest splinter damage. HMS Rawalpindi was sunk within 40 minutes.

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