Max von der Goltz

Max von der Goltz
Born (1838-04-19)April 19, 1838
Königsberg in Preußen
Died December 20, 1906(1906-12-20) (aged 68)
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
Years of service 1853-1895
Rank Admiral
Commands held Commanding Admiral, Naval High Command

Freiherr[Notes 1] Otto Ferdinand Maximilian Leopold von der Goltz (April 19, 1838 in Königsberg, Prussia, Germany December 20, 1906 in Potsdam, Germany) was an Admiral of the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine).

Goltz joined the Prussian Navy in 1853, and became an Fähnrich zur See (midshipman) 1859, and Kapitänleutnant (lieutenant) in 1865, and Korvettenkapitän in 1870. He was then at the Navy Ministry.

Now a captain (Kapitän zur See), he made several trips as commander of the corvette ‘SMS Augusta’ to South America (Brazil) and West Indies. Between 1877 and 1882 he was senior director of the shipyard in Kiel and reorganized the yard. He was then chief of the Mediterranean Squadron during the conflict in Egypt and in 1883 briefly became commander of the German East Asia Squadron (Ostasiengeschwader) before being appointed Konteradmiral (rear admiral) and chief of the German Imperial Admiralty. Five years later he was made Vizeadmiral and appointed commander (Marinetstationschef) of the North Sea Naval Station (Marinestation der Nordsee) at Wilhelmshaven. In 1889 he became commanding admiral of the Kaiserliches Oberkommando der Marine (Naval High Command) and in 1892 Goltz finally became a full Admiral.

On 13 May 1895 von der Goltz resigned his position for health reasons. He died on 20 December 1906 in Potsdam.


  1. Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


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