by Gareth Collins

Formed in September 1943 and subordinate to the Kommandierender Admiral Adria. The staff quarters were Duino near Monfalcone in north eastern Italy until April 1944 when it moved to Villa Opicina close to the Slovenian border. It was formed after Italy exited the war and German Forces took over areas previously in Italian hands. The area of command ranged from the mouth of the Tagliamento River up to, and including the island of Susak in Croatia. The islands of Cres and Lošinj were also commanded, although as the war progressed the area of command depleted with the retreating main battle line. With the dissolution of the Komnmandierender Admiral Adria in December 1944 the Seekommandant Istrien was moved to the command of the Deutschen Marinekommando Italien/Marineoberkommando Süd.


Kapitän zur See Friedrich Traugott Schmidt (10 Sep 1943-20 Feb 1944)
Kapitän zur See Dr. Eberhard Schmidt (21 Feb 1944-00 Dec 1944)
Kapitän zur See z.V. Otto Loycke (00 Dec 1944-00 May 1945)

Stabsoffizier beim Stabe (A I)

Fregattenkapitän M.A. Robert Parow (10 Sep 1943-00 Feb 1944)
Fregattenkapitän Eduard Kruse (00 Feb 1944-00 May 1945)

Gericht Seekommandant Istrien

Leitender Richter
Geschwaderrichter Rudolf Richter (00 Dec 1944-00 May 1945)
Zweigstelle Pola
Marineoberstabsrichter Joachim Kolbow (00 Apr 1945-00 May 1945)
Kapitän zur See Dr. Eberhard Schmidt (21 Feb 1944-00 Dec 1944)

Subordinate Commands & Units

Hafenkommandant Cherso/Quarnero
Hafenkommandant Fiume
Hafenkommandant Senj (Zengg)
Hafenkommandant Pola
Hafenkommandant Triest
Marineartillerieabteilung 621
Marineartillerieabteilung 626
Marineflakabteilung 730
Marineflakabteilung 821
Kriegsmarinearsenal Pola
Marineartilleriearsenal Triest
Marineausrüstungsstelle Pola

Sources used

Research by Gareth Collins
Erich Gröner - Die Schiffe der deutschen Kriegsmarine und ihr Verbleib 1939-1945, J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, München (1976)
Hans H. Hildebrand - Die organisatorische Entwicklung der Marine nebst Stellenbesetzung 1848 bis 1945, Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück(2000)
Hans H. Hildebrand & Ernest Henriot – Deutschlands Admirale 1849-1945, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück (1989)
Hans H. Hildebrand, Albert Röhr & Hans-Otto Steinmetz – Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe, Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg (1980)
Walter Lohmann & Hans H. Hildebrand – Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine, Verlag Hans-Henning Podzun, Bad Nauheim (1956)

Reference material on this unit

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