August von Thomsen (6 August 1846 – 26 September 1920) was an Admiral of the German Imperial Navy. He was the son of Adolf Theodor Thomsen (a Prussian politician) and Catharina Tönnies.In 1898 - 1903 he was senior admiral (commander) at the North Sea Naval Station (Marinestation der Nordsee) at Wilhelmshaven.His fame as "the father of German naval artillery" dates from 1885 when he was appointed chief gunner. He set up the first long range experiments on the ironclad in October 1885.In September 1894 he took part in the fall maneuvers of the fleet as commander of the Third Squadron with the sail frigates (flagship), , , and .In the late 1890s, at a temperance meeting in Kiel, he stated that, "Alcohol is the great foe of our country."On his flagship SMS Stein on 4 September 1894 as Rear Admiral and chief of the Second Squadron, he took part in a Fleet Review before the Kaiser at Swinemünde.In 1899 he was involved in contingency planning for a war against the United States
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