Hugo von Pohl
(25.08.1855 - 23.02.1916)
place of birth: Breslau,
Niederschlesien (Wroclaw, PO)
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German naval officer Hugo von Pohl served as Chief of the
Admiralty Staff during the first few months of the Great War.
In 1915, Admiral von Pohl replaced von Ingenohl as Germany's High Seas
Fleet Commander and immediately gave orders for the use of unrestricted
submarine warfare. Having fallen seriously ill with cancer of the
liver, he was replaced by Reinhard Scheer in January 1916. A few weeks
later, Admiral von Pohl died in Berlin at 60 years of age. An Imperial
Naval minesweeping vessel was named in his honor in 1918.