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Col_Tibbetts
05-10-2005, 02:23 PM
I thought the German word for Captian is Kapitan?

I am obviously confused. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

dagamecat
05-10-2005, 02:27 PM
yea a u-boat commander was a Kapitan Leutnant. so Kaleun is a more friendly shortening of those two words put together. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


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The_Third_Half
05-10-2005, 02:29 PM
Kaleun = Capitan Luetnient ( sp) i believe.

Most U-Boat Captains were not actual Captain rank. You could be put into command of a U-boat at Lt.JG .( yes i know thats the american equivalent, and not the verbatim German counterpart)
So , you were Captain of the ship, but your only a Lt. grade officer.

The_Third_Half
05-10-2005, 02:57 PM
If you refer to your bible, Dos Boot, when they port in Spain to refuel and rearm from the german Supply ship. The Captain that greets them refers to the Captain by the full title, Captain Lt.
Of course he has the wrong guy, but thats neither here nor there..

Mittelwaechter
05-10-2005, 03:03 PM
You do think right, dagamecat.
Perfect explanation.

Dilbert-A-
05-10-2005, 03:08 PM
Officer ranks in the Kriegsmarine:

Leutnant zur See
Oberleutnant zur See
Kapit√¬§nleutnant (Kaleun or Kaleunt)
Korvettenkapit√¬§n
Fregattenkapit√¬§n
Kapit√¬§n zur See
Konteradmiral
Vizeadmiral
Admiral
Generaladmiral
Großadmiral

HTH

Egan2.0
05-10-2005, 03:34 PM
It's roughly equavalent to the rank of Leutenant Commander in the US Navy. A Kapitan Zur See is a 'proper' Captain.