War Ensign of Germany used (1903–1919) Kaiserliche Marine War Ensign 1903–1919 The German war flag, which was slightly changed two times during
This is a replica flag of the German Grand Admiral of German Navy under Adolf Hitler, the Kriegsmarine. The rank is comparable to that of Fleet Admiral in the United States Navy, a five-star rank. Erich Raeder was promoted to Grossadmiral (Grand Admiral) in 1939, the first German to hold this rank since 1916, when Alfred von Tirpitz retired. As with a Field Marshal, the Grand Admiral was authorized to carry a baton as a symbol of rank. In 1943 Karl Dönitz, commander of the U-Boat fleet, was promoted to this rank and succeeded Raeder as Commander-in-Chief.