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Commander-in-Chief of the Nazi German navy during World War II and Hitler's successor. Donitz ( ) joined Germany's Imperial Navy in and served during World War I until he was captured by the British. Returning to Germany in 20, he continued his naval career and had risen to the rank of Commodore and leader of submarines (Fuhrer der Unterseeboote) by the start of World War II in . In October , he became a Rear Admiral and a year later he was promoted to a Vice Admiral, but remained commander of submarines. Upon Hitler's declaration of war on the U.S. in December , Donitz expanded his submarine attacks against the British to include shipping along the east coast of the U.S. By the end of , he was conducting mass attacks by groups of submarines which caused enormous losses to Allied shipping. Donitz became Commander-in-Chief of the Navy in January . As the Third Reich was collapsing in April , Hitler expelled both Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler from the Nazi party and designated Donitz as his successor as Head of State (although he was to become President rather than Fohrer). Ironically, he had never joined the Nazi Party.
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