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|Born||30 March 1893|
|Died||18 June 1973 (aged 80)|
Wentorf bei Hamburg
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1919)|
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Service/|| Imperial German Navy|
|Years of service||1912–45|
|Commands held||Cruiser Admiral Scheer|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Under the command of Krancke, during the five-month-long raiding cruise, the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer sank 13 merchant ships, one armed merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, and captured three merchant ships representing 115,195 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied and neutral shipping.
During the Allied Invasion of Normandy Krancke, as Commander-in-Chief of Navy Group Command West headquartered in Paris, controlled all German naval vessels in France, as well as the various land-based naval units and the naval coastal artillery and anti-aircraft batteries along the French Atlantic coast.
- Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (May 1915) & 1st Class (27 September 1919)
- Sudetenland Medal 1939
- High Seas Fleet Badge 1941
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (29 October 1939) & 1st Class (20 April 1940)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Dörr 1995, p. 358.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 470.
- Dörr, Manfred (1995). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 1: A–K [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Surface Forces of the Navy—Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2453-2.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Generaladmiral Wilhelm Marschall
| Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine Group Command West
20 April 1943 – 20 October 1944
Kriegsmarine High Command West
Kriegsmarine Group Command West
| Commander-in-Chief of Kriegsmarine High Command West
20 October 1944 – 18 April 1945
Admiral Otto Ciliax
| Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine High Command Norway
26 April 1945 – 26 August 1945