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Kurt Weyher

Kurt Weyher

German admiral
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German admiral
Countries Germany
Occupations Officer
Gender male
Birth August 30, 1901 (Grudziądz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)
Death December 17, 1991 (Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Kurt Weyher
The details

Kurt August Viktor Weyher (30 August 1901 – 17 December 1991) was a Konteradmiral of the Kriegsmarine who, during World War II, commanded a merchant raider. Material on the command of the raider Orion was published online at [1].

Weyher was heavily decorated during his active lifetime and progressed to Konteradmiral (equivalent to Rear Admiral) during the war, so he seems to have been an effective officer at the least.

Although it was not mentioned in his book "The Black Raider", it seems that Weyher was a non-trivial painter; in a feature article author Keith Gordon tells that on the voyage of the Orion Weyher did about 30 paintings on subjects connected with the ship's activities. The one painting illustrated seems to have had narrative merit and to have represented the topographic background recognisably.


  • Silesian Eagle 2nd and 1st Grade
  • Bewährungsabzeichen der III. Marine-Brigade
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
  • Olympic Games Decoration 2nd Class
  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award 4th to 2nd Class
  • Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
  • Spanish Cross
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (9 July 1940)
    • 1st Class (30 August 1940)
  • Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer (23 August 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 21 August 1941 as Fregattenkapitän and commander of auxiliary cruiser Orion (HSK-1)
  • Order of St Alexander Kommandeurkreuz mit Schwertern
  • German Cross in Gold on 18 May 1944 as Kapitän zur See and chief of the Deutsches Marinekommando Konstanza (German naval command Constanța)
  • Order of Michael the Brave 3rd Class
  • Order of the Star of Romania Commodore with Swords
  • Cross of Merit on ribbon (29 April 1977)
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