Accession Number : ADA297842

Title :   Admiral Karl Doenitz: A Legacy of Leadership.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : King, Joyce E.

PDF Url : ADA297842

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : A study of the operational leadership exhibited by ADM Karl Doenitz, Commander in Chief, Submarines, German Navy, during World War II. An examination of his planning, preparation and conduct of the U-boat war in the Atlantic Theater of Operations against the British, and later, the Americans. His objective of sinking the merchant fleet of the British nearly brought Britain to defeat. He displayed great talent in his dedicated fight for resources, innovative tactics of using wolfpacks, his intentive training program and unique command and control system, of these innovations enabled him to maximize use of his limited resources in the optimum way possible to achieve the strategic and operational objectives in the theater. He was also a master of operational maneuver and shifted his focus and his assets within his theater to take advantage of allied vulnerabilities. His personal character traits served him well as he inspired trust and unparalleled loyalty from his subordinates. His operational thinking and practice of operational art throughout this campaign remain a relevant model of operational leadership. (KAR) P. 2

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *ANTISHIP WARFARE, *ATTACK SUBMARINES, GLOBAL, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, MODELS, TRAINING, VULNERABILITY, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, GERMANY, NAVAL OPERATIONS, RESOURCES, MANEUVERS, ATLANTIC OCEAN.

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE