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Otto von Diederichs

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Ernst Otto von Diederichs (7 September 1843 – 8 March 1918) was a German admiral of the Kingdom of Prussia and German Empire. During the Spanish–American War of 1898, he made an unsuccessful attempt to seize the Philippines. Early life Diederichs was born 7 September 1843 in Minden, Westphalia, Kingdom of Prussia (now in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany). He entered the Prussian naval officer candidate program along a circuitous route, with an incomplete secondary education, a short stint as a Prussian army cadet and service in the merchant marine. After Naval School graduation at Kiel and Atlantic training voyages on the Prussian sail frigate SMS Niobe, he was commissioned Unterleutnant zur See [Lieutenant JG] in 1867. He served a brief tour aboard the royal yacht . During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 he commanded the coastal gunboat SMS Natter. Although a French fleet maneuvered in the North Sea where Natter was deployed, "the French battle plan had little impact on
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