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Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière
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Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière
Born March 18, 1886 (1886-03-18)
Posen (today Poznań), German Empire
Died February 24, 1941 (1941-02-25) (aged 54)
Le Bourget, France
Buried
Invalidenfriedhof Berlin
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1903–31, 1939–41
Rank Kriegsmarine epaulette Vizeadmiral.svg Vizeadmiral
Commands held
  • U-35
  • U-139
  • Emden
Battles/wars
Awards
Relations Friedrich von Arnauld de la Perière (brother)

Vizeadmiral Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière ( March 18, 1886 – February 24, 1941), born in Posen (now Poznań, Poland) and of French-German descent, was a German U-boat commander during World War I. With 194 ships and 453,716 gross register tons (GRT) sunk, he is the most successful submarine captain ever. His victories came in the Mediterranean, almost always using his 8.8-cm deck gun. During his career he fired 74 torpedoes, hitting 39 times.

Arnauld de la Perière remained in the German Navy (Reichsmarine) after the war ended. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty as a rear admiral, and was killed in a plane crash near Paris in 1941 while taking part in secret negotiations with the Vichy French government.

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