|A.K.A.||Кранке, Теодор Кранке|
|Birth||30 March 1893, Magdeburg, Germany|
|Death||18 June 1973, Wentorf bei Hamburg, Germany (aged 80 years)|
Theodor Krancke (30 March 1893 – 18 June 1973) was a naval commander (admiral) of Nazi Germany during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Under the command of Krancke, during the five-month-long raiding cruise, the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer sank 13 merchant ships, one armed merchant cruiser HMS Jervis Bay, and captured three merchant ships representing 115,195 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied and neutral shipping. During the Allied Invasion of Normandy Krancke, as Commander-in-Chief of Navy Group Command West headquartered in Paris, controlled all German naval vessels in France, as well as the various land-based naval units and the naval coastal artillery and anti-aircraft batteries along the French Atlantic coast.
Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (May 1915) & 1st Class (27 September 1919) Sudetenland Medal 1939 High Seas Fleet Badge 1941 Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (29 October 1939) & 1st Class (20 April 1940) Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Knight's Cross on 21 February 1941 as Kapitän zur See and commander of heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer 614th Oak Leaves on 18 October 1944 as Admiral and commander in chief of Marinegruppenkommando West (Navy Group Command West)