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Führer Conferences on Matters Dealing with the German Navy
from September 1939 to April 1945.

Führer naval conferences
From left to right: Admiral Raeder, Adolf Hitler, Wilhelm Keitel and naval adjutant von Puttkamer.

Presented in this page are all important conferences that took place between the Führer and the Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine between 1939 and 1945. These documents, together with many other German Navy files, were captured by the Allies at Tambach Castle near Coburg in April 1945, and can now be found at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. For the most part the documents translated are the result of notes taken for the head of the Kriegsmarine during his meetings with Hitler. After these notes were subsequently typed, they were signed by Grand Admiral Raeder (Dönitz from February 1943 to April 1945).

1939

  • 3 September. Reflections of Großadmiral Raeder on the outbreak of war.
  • 7 September.
  • 20 September. Reflections of Großadmiral Raeder on Atlantic warfare.
  • 23 September.
  • 10 October.
  • 16, 23 October.
  • 1, 10 November.
  • 22 November.
  • 8 December.
  • 12 December.
  • 16 December.
  • 30 December.

    1940

  • 26 January.
  • 23 February.
  • 9 March.
  • 26 March.
  • 29 March.
  • 10 March.
  • 13 April.
  • 22 April.
  • 26 April.
  • 29 April.
  • 7 May.
  • 21 May.
  • 4 June.
  • 20 June. Issues discussed: The French armistice, the invasion of England and Iceland.
  • 11 July. Issues discussed: The invasion of England, expansion of the Navy after the war.
  • 21 July.
  • 25 July.
  • 31 July.
  • 13 August.
  • 6 September.
  • 14 September.
  • 26 September.
  • 14 October.
  • 4 November.
  • 14 November.
  • 3 December.
  • 27 December.

    1941

  • 8-9 January.
  • 4 February.
  • 22 February.
  • 18 March.
  • 20 April.
  • 22 May.
  • 6 June. Issues discussed: The pursuit and sinking of the battleship Bismarck, operations in the Atlantic and the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • 21 June.
  • 9 July. Issues discussed: The occupation of Iceland by the U.S.A., American neutralily, the importance of Dakar.
  • 25 July.
  • 22 August. Issues discussed: The situation in the Mediterranean, Spain, occupation of Hangö.
  • 17 September.
  • 13 November.
  • 12 December.
  • 29 December.

    1942

  • 12 January.
  • 22 January.
  • 13 February.
  • 12 March.
  • 13 April.
  • 13-14 May.
  • 15 June.
  • 26 August.
  • 28 September.
  • 19 November.
  • 22 December.

    1943

  • 6 January.
  • 8 February.
  • 26 February.
  • 14, 18 March.
  • 11 April.
  • 12-15 May.
  • 31 May.
  • 15 June.
  • 8 July.
  • 17 July.
  • 26-28 July.
  • 1-11 August.
  • 19 August.
  • 28, 29 August.
  • 10-12 September.
  • 24 September.
  • 27 October.
  • 25, 26 November.
  • 19, 20 December

    1944

  • 1-3 January.
  • 18, 19 January.
  • 26, 27 February.
  • 20, 21 March.
  • 12, 13 April.
  • 4-6 May.
  • 12 June.
  • 29 June-1 July.
  • 9 July.
  • 11-13 July.
  • 20-22 July. The 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler.
  • 13, 14 October.
  • 31 Oct-2 November.
  • 28, 30 Novvember.
  • 3, 10 December.

    1945

  • 1-3 January.
  • 18-31 January.
  • 1-14 February.
  • 15-27 February.
  • 1-13 March.
  • 16-30 March.
  • 1-18 April.


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