- Article by Wilco Vermeer
- Published on January 8th, 2016
Erich Johann Albert Raeder was born April 24th , 1876, in Wandsbek, a suburb of Hamburg, the son of a headmaster. After graduating from Realgymnasium at Grünberg (Silesia), he entered service in the Imperial Navy on April 26th , 1894. On May 13th , 1895 he was commissioned as Navy Ensign. On October 25th , 1897, he received his first promotion to 2nd Lieutenant. From 1903 to 1905, he attended the Navy Academy in Kiel, graduating as 1st Lieutenant. In 1906, he became spokesman of the Reichsmarineamt.