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Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière - Iron Cross EK I EK II Blue Max
Rank: Captain
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Cross Class: Iron Cross EK I EK II Blue Max
Branch of Service: Kaiserliche
Description of Action: Arnauld de la Perière entered the Kaiserliche Marine in 1903. After having served on the battleships SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm, SMS Schlesien and SMS Schleswig-Holstein, he served as torpedo officer on the light cruiser SMS Emden from 1911 to 1913.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Arnauld de la Perière served as an adjudant to admiral Hugo von Pohl in Berlin. Upon the mobilization, he was transferred to an active post where he served in the Marine-Luftschiff-Abteilung. In 1915, Arnauld de la Perière transferred to the U-boats. After a course in Pola, he was given command of the U-35 in November 1915. He made 14 voyages with the U-35 during which he sank 189 merchant vessels and two gunboats for a total of 446,708 GRT. Transferred to the U-139 in May 1918, he sank a further 5 ships with a combined tonnage of 7,008 GRT. His record number of sunken ships and tonnage are both unsurpassed since then. For his service, he was awarded the Iron cross, second and first class and the Pour le Mérite in 1916.
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