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Karl August Nerger

German admiral

Died when: 71 years 321 days (862 months)
Star Sign: Pisces


Karl August Nerger

Karl August Nerger (25 February 1875 – 12 January 1947) was a naval officer of the Imperial German Navy in World War I, who achieved fame and recognition during the war for his command of the auxiliary cruiser SMS Wolf.

Nerger was born in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Schwerin.Nerger had entered the Navy as a cadet in April 1893, and as a junior officer participated in the China Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion, where he had also been decorated for bravery and intrepidity.

In Summer 1914, then-Korvettenkapitän Nerger had taken command of the light cruiser SMS Stettin, which he commanded until taking over SMS Wolf in March 1916.

As captain of the Wolf, he led the commerce raider on a 451-day expedition, the longest voyage of a warship during World War I, until May 1918, and was promoted to Fregattenkapitän on 13 January 1917.

In May 1918, he became commander of minesweeper units of the High Seas Fleet, a command he held until war's end.

He retired on 25 July 1919, characterized as a Kapitän zur See.On 15 August 1945, Nerger was interned by the Soviet Union at the Sachsenhausen NKVD camp where he died two years later.

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