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Friedrich von Ingenohl
Friedrich von Ingenohl
Born (1857-06-30)30 June 1857
Died 19 December 1933(1933-12-19) (aged 76)
Place of birth Neuwied
Place of death Berlin
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
Rank Admiral
Commands held German High Seas Fleet
Battles/wars World War I

Gustav Heinrich Ernst Friedrich von Ingenohl (30 June 1857 Neuwied – 19 December 1933 Berlin) was a German admiral from Neuwied best known for his command of the German High Seas Fleet at the beginning of World War I.

His intention of engaging the British Royal Navy in a quick, decisive battle was not supported by the German admiralty. Ingenohl repeatedly sought small engagements against the British fleet in order to provoke imprudent counterstrokes, in order to gain a crucial advantage for the German navy. The intended result did not materialize; in the first combat of this kind on August 28, 1914 at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) lost three light cruisers and a torpedo boat to Royal Navy ships. After a similarly unsuccessful action on the Dogger Bank on January 24, 1915, Ingenohl yielded command of the High Seas Fleet on February 2 and was succeeded by Admiral Hugo von Pohl. Ingenohl died in Berlin.


  • Sauerbrei, Wolfram (1999). Ingenohl : vier Sterne auf blauem Grund ; eine Neuwieder Familie, ein Admiral und mehr ... (in German). Neuwied : Kehrein. ISBN 3-9803266-9-1.
Political offices
Preceded by
Henning von Holtzendorff
Commander-in-Chief of High Seas Fleet of the Imperial German Navy
1913-February 2, 1915
Succeeded by
Hugo von Pohl

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