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Adalbert Zuckschwerdt

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Adalbert Zuckschwerdt (1 January 1874 – 1 July 1945) was captain (Korvettenkapitän) of the German raider SMS Cormoran, which sailed from the German Colony of Qingdao, China, until she was finally docked and interned at Guam by the Americans. Zuckschwerdt preempted the confiscation of his ship by the Americans by igniting preplanted explosives and scuttling her in Apra Harbor. Seven of the German sailors on board died, and Zuckschwerdt spent the rest of the war as a POW. Career before the SMS Cormoran incident Zuckschwerdt joined the Imperial German Navy on 4 April 1893 and served in different positions on land and sea. From 1902 to 1904 he served as navy officer in the German Colony Kiautschou Bay concession. Thereafter he was appointed as a gunnery officer (Artillerieoffizier) on and , followed by an appointment as executive officer (Erster Offizier) and as a gunnery officer (Artillerieoffizier) on . On 12 February 1913 he travelled to Sydney to take the command of the
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