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Generalinspekteur der Marine

The Generalinspekteur der Marine (Inspector-General of the Navy) was a position in the government of the German Empire. It was founded in 1871 as the command authority of the German Imperial Admiralty and lasted intermittently to 1919.

The first Inspector General was Admiral Prinz Adalbert of Prussia, who had held this position in the predecessor Prussian Navy and the Navy of the North German Confederation. He served under the emperor’s direct command, controlling inspections throughout the navy to maintain regulations for the highest efficiency. When Adalbert died on 6 June 1873, the position was left vacant.

Only in March 1899, when Wilhelm II took over as the supreme commander of the Navy through the Admiralstab (Admiralty Staff) was the Inspector General reactivated. Admiral Hans von Koester held the office from 14 March 1899 until 29 December 1906, when the office was again left vacant.

Admiral Prince Heinrich of Prussia held the office from 1 October 1909 to 10 August 1918.

There exists a similar office (Inspekteur der Marine) in the navy of the modern Federal Republic of Germany.

List of Generalinspekteur der MarineEdit

Inspector General Took office Left office Time in office
Prinz Adalbert of Prussia
18716 June 1873 †1–2 years
2Koester, HansAdmiral
Hans von Koester
14 March 189929 December 19067 years, 290 days
3Koester, HansAdmiral
Prinz Heinrich of Prussia
1 October 190910 August 19188 years, 313 days

Flags of the Generalinspekteur der MarineEdit


  • Die organisatorische Entwicklung der Marine nebst Stellenbesetzung 1848 bis 1945 / Hans H. Hildebrand. - Osnabrück : Biblio-Verl.; (Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung der deutschen Streitkräfte 1815 - 1990 ; Teil II, Band.1, S.74