Adolf von Trotha

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Adolf von Trotha (1 March 1868, Koblenz, Rhine Province – 11 October 1940) was a German admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine from Koblenz, Rhenish Prussia.


Trotha was the third son of Karl von Trotha (1834–1870), who fell in the Franco-Prussian War, when his son was only two years old.

Trotha married Anna von Veltheim (15 January 1877 - 8 August 1964) on 4 June 1902, the daughter of Fritz von Veltheim and Elizabeth von Krosigk.

Military career/development

Trotha entered the imperial navy in 1886 as an officer candidate and was promoted to Leutnant zur See in 1891. He served as a commander of the torpedo boat D3 and as a Navigations officer on the small cruiser SMS Seeadler. He supported the failed Kapp Putsch.[1]


  1. Bird, Keith Weimar, the German Naval Officer Corps and the Rise of National Socialism, Grüner, 1977 page 69.

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