SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
NAME: Konteradmiral (Ing.) Hans Voß
PW NO: 560279
RANK: Konteradmiral (Ing.)
CAPTURED: Oslo, Norway
DATE: 1 July 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 28 April 1894
PLACE OF BIRTH: Schellhorn/Kreis Plön (Schleswig-Holstein)
DATE OF DEATH: 29 May 1973
PLACE OF DEATH: Eutin
OCCUPATION: Naval Engineer Officer
HEIGHT: 5’ 10”
WEIGHT: 145 lbs.
GreyNEXT OF KIN Irmgard
Voss, Eutin Holstein. (British Zone)
(Ing.) Voß was the German Liaison Officer at Island Farm.
[Navy Engineer Applicant]: 30 August 1917
[Navy Engineer Senior Applicant]: 1 March 1920
zur See (Ing.): 13 November 1920
(Ing.): 8 April 1921 (RDA reserved)
(Ing.): 12 January 1922 (RDA 8 April 1921)
(Ing.): 29 March 1922 (RDA changed to 1 April 1921)
(Ing.): 1 February 1923
(Ing.): 1 April 1929
(Ing.): 1 October 1934
(Ing.): 1 October 1937
zur See (Ing.): 1 January 1940
(Ing.): 1 January 1944
August 1914: Entered the Imperial German Navy as a War Volunteer with the
expectation of a career as a Navy Engineer.
August 1914-28 December 1914: Assigned to the II. Werft [Shipyard]-Division.
December 1914-12 September 1915: Assigned to the light cruiser Arcona.
September 1915-4 January 1916: Assigned to the II. Werft-Division.
April 1916-17 May 1916: Assigned to the pre-dreadnought battleship Zähringen.
May 1916-23 August 1916: Assigned to the armored cruiser Fürst Bismarck.
August 1916-1 September 1916: Assigned to the I. Werft-Division.
September 1916-14 July 1917: Assigned to the torpedo boat G 91.
July 1917-9 October 1917: Assigned to the I. Werft-Division.
October 1917-20 January 1918: Assigned to the light cruiser Breslau–Midilli.
[Along with the battlecruiser Goeben,
the light cruiser Breslau served in the German Mediterranean Sea
Division at the outbreak of World War I. On 15 August
1914, the Goeben and Breslau (along with their crews) were formally transferred
into the Turkish Navy and renamed Yavuz Sultan Selim and Midilli respectively. On 20 January 1918, the Goeben—Yavuz Sultan Selim and the Breslau—Midilli sortied into
the Aegean Sea to attack British troop transports. Shortly after taking
part in the sinking of the British monitors Raglan
and M 28 off Imbros, the Breslau—Midilli
struck five mines and sank with the loss of 331 Turkish and German members
of her crew. The surviving 162 crewmembers, including Marineingenieurapplikant
Voß, were rescued by a British destroyer and became prisoners of war. The
Goeben—Yavuz Sultan Selim also struck multiple mines during the same action
and was run aground on her return voyage. Although exposed to heavy air
attacks, she was finally freed from the sandbank six days later.]
(flying Turkish flag)
January 1918-30 September 1919: Prisoner of war; returned to Germany and
placed on leave.
October 1919-11 November 1919: Assigned to the I. Werft-Division.
November 1919-20 March 1920: Teacher at Naval School “B.”
March 1920-31 May 1920: Freikorps service in the III. Marine-Brigade von
Loewenfeld. [Like other Freikorps units, the III. Marine-Brigade, commanded
by Korvettenkapitän (later Fregattenkapitän) Wilhelm Friedrich (geb.
Wilfried) von Loewenfeld,
part in defeating Communist uprisings and maintaining law and order throughout
Germany in the aftermath of World War I.]
June 1920-7 July 1920: Transferred to the Baltic Sea Ship Cadre Division.
July 1920-20 December 1921: Naval School Kiel-Wik.
December 1921-30 September 1922: Detached to the staff of the Baltic Sea
October 1922-27 September 1923: Watch Engineer aboard the light cruiser
September 1923-1 March 1926: Adjutant of Naval School Kiel.
March 1926-25 February 1929: Watch Engineer aboard the light cruiser Nymphe.
February 1929-16 April 1929: Leading Engineer of the light cruiser Nymphe.
April 1929-22 September 1930: Company Leader in the North Sea Ship Cadre
September 1930-22 February 1932: Assistant Machinist and Leakage Engineer
aboard the light cruiser Emden.
February 1932-25 September 1934: Company Chief at the Naval School Friedrichsort.
September 1934-1 September 1935: Leading Engineer of the light cruiser Leipzig.
September 1935-25 October 1938: Staff Officer on Staff at the Naval School
October 1938-25 July 1943: Consultant in the Operations Department of the
Seekriegsleitung (Skl) [Sea Combat Command or Naval
August 1943-10 October 1944: Chief of the Higher Shipyard Staff Ostland.
[“Ostland” is the German name for the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania,
Estonia and portions of northern Russia.]
October 1944-31 March 1945: Higher Commander of the Warship Construction
April 1945-10 May 1945: Chief of the Higher Shipyard Staff, Navy High Command
July 1945 - 21 February 1948: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 9 January 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
- 5 February 1948
transferred to LDC (London District Cage) for Germany (US Custody) as
witness (to be released later)
Decorations & Awards:
to see a photo of Konteradmiral (Ing.) Hans Voß in the company of fellow prisoners
of war at Island Farm.
Cross, 1st Class (1939)
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Seas Fleet War Badge