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I did a search of this sight and did not find much on information for the various ships that existed during the 1900-1918 time frames. If you are going to research Navy Unit Markings it might be a good idea to know what other markings might be found. I hope this is not out of line and apologize if it doesn’t apply to the form.

Below is a listing of German Navy ships and their Captains:

It would be nice to have a listing of U-Boats if someone could provide that info?

I left it in German, the translation is not as clear.

Imperial German Navy Capital Ship Captains

Commanding Officers of German Capital Ships 1914-19.

Listed below are the Captains for all the German Dreadnought Battleships and Battlecruisers during the years 1914-1919.
Sources, Die Deutschen Admirale by Hildebrand and Henriot and Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe by Hildebrand, Röhr and Steinmetz.

Battlecruisers
Hindenburg

Kapitän zur See Johannes von Karpf, 8/5/1917 - 1/12/1917.

Kapitän zur See Hans Eberius, 30/11/1917 - 31/1/1918.

Kapitän zur See Walter Hildebrand, 2/2/1918 - 3/12/1918.

Korvettenkapitän Erich Heyden, ? - 21/6/1919. **
Lützow

Kapitän zur See Viktor Harder, 8/8/1915 - 1/6/1916.
Derfflinger

Kapitän zur See Ludwig von Reuter, 1/9/1914 - 2/9/1915.

Kapitän zur See Paul Heinrich, 3/9/1915 - 1/4/1916.

Kapitän zur See Johannes Hartog, 3/4/1916 - 3/12/1917.

Kapitän zur See Hans-Carl von Schlick, 4/12/1917 - 10/11/1918.

Korvettenkapitän Paul Pastuszyk, 4/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
SEYDLITZ

Kapitän zur See Moritz von Egidy, 22/5/1913 - 29/11/1917.

Kapitän zur See Wilhelm Tägert, 30/11/1917 - 4/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Otto Brauer, 5/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
GOEBEN

Kapitän zur See Richard Ackermann, 4/4/1914 - 5/1/1918.

Kapitän zur See Albert Stoelzel, 5/1/1918 - 2/11/1918.
MOLTKE

Kapitän zur See Magnus von Levetzow, 9/1/1913 - 26/1/1916.

Kapitän zur See Johannes von Karpf, 26/1/1916 - 29/9/1916.

Kapitän zur See Hans Gygas, 3/9/1916 - 12/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Crelinger, 12/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
VON DER TANN

Kapitän zur See Max Hahn, 21/9/1912 - 5/2/1916.

Kapitän zur See Hans Zenker, 5/2/1916 - 27/4/1917.

Kapitän zur See Konrad Mommsen, 27/4/1917 - 13/7/1918.

Kapitän zur See Carl Feldmann, 13/7/1918 - 15/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Karl-Friedrich Wollanke, 15/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
Battleships

BADEN

Kapitän zur See Viktor Harder, 19/10/1916 - 5/8/1918. 1

Kapitän zur See Heinrich Retzmann, 24/8/1918 - 30/11/1918.

Korvettankapitän Otto Zirzow, 1/12/1918-21/6/1919. **
BAYERN

Kapitän zur See Max Hahn, 18/3/1916 - 23/12/1916.

Kapitän zur See Heinrich Rohardt, 24/12/1916 - 10/8/1918.

Kapitän zur See Hugo Dominik, 11/8/1918 - 10/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Albrecht Meißner, 12/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
KRONPRINZ (KRONPRINZ WILHELM from 15/6/1918)

Kapitän zur See Gottfried Freiherr von Dalwigk zu Lichtenfels, 8/11/1914 - 11/8/1915.

Kapitän zur See Constanz Feldt, 12/8/1915 - 24/11/1916.

Kapitän zur See Bernhard Rösing, 25/11/1916 - 27/8/1918.

Kapitän zur See Otto Seidensticker, 28/8/1918 - 4/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Hans Becker, 5/12/1916 - 21/6/1919
MARKGRAF

Kapitän zur See Hermann Nordmann, 1/10/1914 - 28/8/1915.

Kapitän zur See Karl Seiferling, 29/8/1915 - 1/10/1916.

Kapitän zur See Friedrich Behncke, 29/9/1916 - 24/8/1917.

Kapitän zur See Hermann Mörsberger, 28/8/1917 - 14/11/1918.

Korvettankapitän Walter Schumann, 15/11/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
KÖNIG

Kapitän zur See Friedrich Brüninghaus, 9/8/1914 - 13/7/1916.

Kapitän zur See Hugo Meurer 14/7/1916 - 23/5/1917.

Kapitän zur See Karl-Wilhelm Weniger, 24/5/1917 - 5/11/1918.

Kapitän zur See Otto Breuer, 6/11/1918 - 4/12/1918.

Korvettankapitän Ernst Junkermann, 5/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
GROSSER KURFÜRST

Kapitän zur See Ernst Goette, 30/7/1914 - 14/11/1917.

Korvettenkapitän Ludwig Klehe, 15/11/1917 - 27/11/1917. *

Kapitän zur See Werner Siemens, 28/11/1917 - 3/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Robert Beer, 4/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD

Kapitän zur See Karl Heuser, 19/8/1913 - 17/2/1917.

Kapitän zur See Karl von Hornhardt, 18/2/1917 - 13/12/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Jobst von Reiche, 14/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
KÖNIG ALBERT

Kapitän zur See Karl Thorbecke, 31/7/1913 - ?/7/1917.

Korvettenkapitän Ernst Arnold, ?/7/1917 - 2/8/1917. *

Kapitän zur See Ernst Ewers, 3/8/1917 - 24/8/1917.

Korvettenkapitän Paul Globig, 25/8/1917 - 25/9/1917. *

Kapitän zur See Eduard Varrentrapp, 26/9/1917 - 30/11/1917.

Kapitän zur See Ernst Ewers, 1/12/1917 - 3/12/1918.

Korvettenkapitän Ferdinand Boehmer, 4/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
KAISERIN

Kapitän zur See Karl Sievers, 14/5/1913 - 25/7/1917.

Kapitän zur See Kurt Graßhoff, 26/7/1917 - 5/1/1918.

Kapitän zur See Walter Hildebrand, 6/1/1918 - 24/1/1918.

Kapitän zur See Wilhelm Adelung, 25/1/1918 - 8/11/1918.

Korvettenkapitän Artur Viertel, 9/11/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
FRIEDRICH DER GROSSE

Kapitän zur See Theodor Fuchs, 15/10/1912 - 16/8/1917.

Kapitän zur See Johann von Lessel, 16/8/191 7 - 16/12/1918.

Korvettenkapitän Ottmar von Wachter, 16/12/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
KAISER

Kapitän zur See Adolf von Trotha, 20/9/1913 - 28/1/1916.

Kapitän zur See Walter Freiherr von Keyserlingk, 28/1/1916 - 1/6/1917.

Kapitän zur See Max Loesch, 2/6/1917 - 5/8/1918.

Kapitän zur See Hermann Bauer, 6/8/1918 - 5/11/1918.

Kapitänleutnant Curd Wippern, 6/11/1918 - 21/6/1919. **
OLDENBURG

Kapitän zur See Wilhelm Höpfner, 22/9/1913 - 1/6/1916.

Kapitän zur See Heinrich Löhlein, 4/6/1916 - 12/8/1918.

Kapitän zur See Eberhard Heydel, 13/9/1918 - 21/11/1918.
THÜRINGEN

Kapitän zur See William Michaelis, 1/10/1913 - 3/2/1915.

Kapitän zur See Hugo Langemak, 4/2/1915 - 27/9/1915.

Kapitän zur See Hans Küsel, 28/9/1915 - 17/11/1916.

Kapitän zur See Thilo von Trotha, 18/11/1916 - 25/10/1917.

Kapitän zur See Hans Herr, 26/10/1917 - 24/3/1918.

Kapitän zur See Karl Windmüller, 25/3/1918 - 16/12/1918.
OSTFRIESLAND

Kapitän zur See Walter Engelhardt, 1/8/1911 - 23/8/1915.

Kapitän zur See Ernst-Oldwig von Natzmer, 24/8/1915 - 25/3/1918.

Kapitän zur See Hans Herr, 25/3/1918 - 30/11/1918.
HELGOLAND

Kapitän zur See Ulrich Lübbert, 1/10/1913 - 25/10/1915.

Kapitän zur See Friedrich von Kameke, 26/10/1915 - 11/8/1918.

Kapitän zur See Eberhard Heydel, 13/8/1918 - 12/9/1918.

Kapitän zur See Gustav Luppe, 13/9/1918 - 16/12/1918.
RHEINLAND

Kapitän zur See Richard Engel, 1/10/1911 - 26/8/1915.

Kapitän zur See Heinrich Rohardt 27/8/1915 - 21/12/1916.

Kapitän zur See Johann von Lessel, 22/12/1916 - 16/8/1917.

Korvettankapitän Theodor von Gorrissen, ?/8/1917 - ?/9/1917. *

Kapitän zur See Ernst Toussaint, ?/9/1917 - ?/9/1918.

Fregattenkapitän zur Disposition Friedrich Berger, ?/9/1918 - 4/10/1918. 4

POSEN

Kapitän zur See Richard Lange, 1/10/1912 - 2/6/1917.

Kapitän zur See Wilhelm von Krosigk, 2/6/1917 - 8/11/1918.

Korvettankapitan Otto Zirzow, 8/11/1918 - 16/12/1918.

WESTFALEN

Kapitän zur See Johannes Redlich, 4/10/1913 - 25/9/1916.

Kapitän zur See Hans Eberius, 25/9/1916 - 4/6/1917.

KzS Ernst Ewers, 10/6/1917 - 23/7/1917.

Kapitän zur See Hermann Bauer, 24/7/1917 - 5/8/1918.

Kapitän zur See Max Loesch, 6/8/1918 - ?/12/1918.
NASSAU

Kapitän zur See Ludolf von Usslar, 1/10/1912 - 25/8/1915.
Kapitän zur See Max Köthner, 25/8/1915 - 11/11/1915.

Kapitän zur See Robert Kühne,11/11/1915 - 9/2/1916.
Kapitän zur See Hans Klappenbach, ?/3/1916 - 11/1/1917.
Kapitän zur See Victor Reclam, 12/1/1917 - 10/11/1918.
Kapitän zur See Hermann Bauer, 11/11/1918 - 20/12/1918.
Notes
* Temporary appointment.
** Commander during internment at Scapa Flow.
1 Note that there is a gap between 5/8/1918 and 24/8/1918, when BADEN appears not to have a commander, presumably a junior officer temporarily took command, but he cannot be identified.
2 KzS Thorbecke died in slightly mysterious circumstances in late July 1917, he was the only serving Captain of a dreadnought battleship or battlecruiser, to die during the war.
3 KzS Höpfner was severely wounded at Jutland.
4 RHEINLAND was never repaired after running aground on 11/4/1918.
 
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