SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
von Kauder as a POW at Island Farm
Special Camp 11
Konteradmiral Hans-Hermann Graf von Schweinitz und Krain
Freiherr von Kauder
DATE: 28th November 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 21 July 1883
PLACE OF BIRTH: Liebenburg / Harz
DATE OF DEATH: 4 March 1959
PLACE OF DEATH: Hamburg
OCCUPATION: Naval Officer
OF KIN: Ruth Gräfin von Schweinitz,
Milan, Italy (British Zone)
10 April 1901
zur See: 22 April 1902
zur See: 29 September 1904
zur See: 27 April 1907
18 November 1912
8 March 1920
1 October 1926
zur See: 1 October 1928
als Konteradmiral: 30 September 1931
1 January 1941
April 1901: Entered the Imperial German Navy as a Sea Cadet.
April 1901-31 March 1902: Initial training and training aboard the school
April 1902-30 September 1903: Naval School Mürwick and Special Courses.
October 1903-30 September 1906: Assigned to the pre-dreadnought battleship
October 1906-25 April 1907: Company Officer in the II. Matrosen [Seamen]-Division.
April 1907-14 June 1907: Outbound voyage from Germany to Tsingtau, China
aboard the steamship Borussia.
June 1907-25 February 1909: Watch Officer aboard the light cruiser Leipzig
in the German East Asia Cruiser Squadron.
February 1909-6 April 1909: Watch Officer aboard the armored cruiser Fürst
Bismarck in the German East Asia Cruiser Squadron.
April 1909-30 April 1909: Watch Officer aboard the gunboat Tiger
attached to the German East Asia Cruiser Squadron.
May 1909-13 June 1909: Return voyage from Shanghai, China to Germany aboard
the steamship Bülow.
June 1909-10 May 1910: Company- and Training Officer in the II. Werft
May 1910-30 September 1911: Watch Officer aboard the battleship Posen.
October 1911-31 July 1914: Watch Officer aboard the Hohenzollern,
the imperial yacht of Kaiser Wilhelm II. [During Graf von Schweinitz und
Krain Freiherr von Kauder’s first year aboard the Hohenzollern,
the yacht’s navigation officer was Korvettenkapitän Erich Raeder, future
Großadmiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (1 June 1935-30
of the "Hohenzollern," Kaiser Wilhelm II's yacht, at the Kiel Regatta.
October 1913-21 February 1914: At the same time, attended the I. Course
at the Naval Academy.
August 1914-30 April 1915: Signals Officer on the staff of the Commandant
May 1915-1 June 1916: Navigation Officer of the light cruiser Rostock.
[Flying the broad pennant of Kommodore Andreas Michelson, the light cruiser
Rostock led the torpedo boat flotillas attached to the main
German battle fleet during the epic Battle of Jutland against the British
Grand Fleet, 31 May-1 June 1916. Shortly before midnight on 31 May 1916,
British destroyers hit the Rostock with three 4-inch shells and a
single torpedo that flooded two boiler rooms and several coalbunkers and
killed 14 crewmembers and wounded six more. With 930 tons of water aboard,
the ship remained underway at 13 knots until the turbines failed due to
saltwater contamination of the remaining boilers. Kommodore Michelson placed
his ship under tow by the torpedo boat S 54 but decided to scuttle
her upon the approach of British naval forces. Shortly before 4 a.m. on
1 June 1916, the crew of the Rostock transferred to the torpedo boats
S 54, V 71 and V 73 after detonating scuttling charges.
The V 71 and V 73 also fired torpedoes into the cruiser to
finish her off.]
June 1916-13 June 1916: Representative Navigation Officer of the light cruiser
July 1916-5 July 1916: Representative Navigation Officer of the light cruiser
July 1916-30 September 1916: Navigation Officer of the light cruiser Danzig.
October 1916-28 March 1917: Navigation Officer of the light cruiser Regensburg.
March 1917-31 July 1918: Navigation Officer of the light cruiser Emden.
August 1918-4 October 1918: Submarine training at the U-Boat School.
October 1918-7 October 1918: Navigation Officer of the battleship Markgraf.
October 1918-28 March 1919: Transferred to staff service at the Baltic Sea
March 1919-31 March 1921: Adjutant of the Inspectorate of Navy Education
Services and, at the same time, served as Liaison Officer to the Navy Peace
July 1920-11 August 1920: At the same time, Representative Chief of Staff
of the Inspectorate of Navy Education Services.
April 1921-14 September 1921: Detached for familiarization to Infantry Regiment
September 1921-30 September 1921: Detached for familiarization to Coast
Defense Battalion III.
October 1921-12 November 1924: Commander of Coast Defense Battalion IV.
November 1924-28 September 1926: Navy Liaison Officer to Wehrkreis [Military
District] Command VI in Münster.
September 1926-30 September 1931: Commandant of Fortifications at the mouths
of the Elbe and Weser Rivers, Cuxhaven.
September 1931: Retired from the Navy as an Honorary Konteradmiral.
January 1934: Reactivated as a Landesschützoffizier (“Territorial Officer”).
January 1934-28 September 1941: Leader of the Navy Printing Administration
in the Navy Command, on 11 January 1936 the Kriegsmarine High Command.
March 1935: Renamed a Supplemental Officer.
January 1941: Returned to active naval service with the formal rank of Konteradmiral.
October 1941-2 November 1941: Commandant of Sea Defenses of the Ukraine,
November 1941-31 March 1943: Commandant of Sea Defenses of the Crimea, Russia.
April 1943-30 June 1943: At the disposal of the Commander-in-Chief of the
Navy High Command Baltic Sea.
June 1943: Retired from the Kriegsmarine.
July 1943: Placed at the disposal of the Kriegsmarine for employment, however,
not recalled to active military service for the remainder of World War II.
- 28 November 1945-15 October 1947: Prisoner of war in British captivity
- 9th January 1946 transferred from Camp 1 to Island Farm Special Camp
- Repatriated to Hamburg on 10 October 1947 aboard the ship El Nil.
Pre-World War I awards from the Rangliste
der Kaiserlich Marine, 12 May 1914.
Based on his assignments in World War II, it would seem probable that Graf
von Schweinitz und Krain Freiherr von Kauder was a recipient of the Crimea
Shield. However, no photographic or documentary evidence has been seen to
support this assumption.