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Maximilian Njegovan

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Maksimilijan Njegovan 31 October 1858 – 1 July 1930 was a Croatian admiral in the Austro-Hungarian Navy He was the Navy's senior administrator as well as its fleet commander in 1917-18


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Fleet Commander
  • 3 Postwar
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Njegovan was born in 1858 in Agram now Zagreb Upon graduation from the Imperial and Royal Naval Academy in Fiume now Rijeka, he joined the fleet in Pola Pula in 1877 as a Seekadett In 1893, after receiving a short instructional course as torpedo officer of Alpha, he received his first command, the torpedo boat Condor

At the Naval Academy he was an instructor in seamanship from 1898 to 1905 Njegovan then held command of the battleship Budapest until 1907 He served from 1907 to 1909 as chief of staff to the Marinekommandant Navy Commander, Rudolf Montecuccoli, and as adjutant and chief of operations of the Marinesektion Naval Section of the War Ministry, of which Montecuccoli was Chef Chief

He was promoted to Kontreadmiral in 1911 and Vizeadmiral in 19131 At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 he was named commander of the 1st Division of the 1st Battle Squadron, hoisting his flag in the dreadnought battleship Tegetthoff2 Njegovan was decorated with the Order of Leopold for his bombardment of Ancona the night Italy declared war on the empire, 23/24 May 1915

Fleet Commanderedit

SMS Tegetthoff

In February 1917 he succeeded the late Grossadmiral Anton Haus as Marinekommandant and as Flottenkommandant Fleet Commander Promoted to full Admiral, he was appointed to the additional post of Chef der Marinesektion in April 1917, succeeding the late Karl Kailer von Kaltenfels Njegovan was the last man to hold all three posts He received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Iron Crown for the battle of the Otranto Straits, 14/15 May 1917

Njegovan continued Haus' strategy of preserving his major forces as a 'fleet in being' However, he was unable to ease ethnic tensions on individual warships, where sailors were also influenced by radical agitators Another pressing problem for which Njegovan could find no solution involved shortages of food, fuel and other vital supplies1 In the face of such difficulties, in 1917 Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Kaiser Karl I of Austria proposed an unrealistic plan for an invasion of Venice using the whole fleet Njegovan steadfastly opposed the proposal, which eventually was dropped

The abortive communist-inspired mutiny at Cattaro Kotor in February 1918 underscored the need for a more energetic fleet commander3 Relieved of command, Njegovan was succeeded as Flottenkommandant by Miklós Horthy and as Chef der Marinesektion by Franz von Holub4 The office of Marinekommandant was left vacant

Retired on 1 March 1918, Njegovan spent the rest of the war in Pola Pensioned and promoted to Grossadmiral on the retired list, he was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold Austria for his services to the empire


After the war, Njegovan lived for a time in Venice His homeland of Croatia had become part of the new nation of Yugoslavia, and in 1930 he died in his hometown of Zagreb at the age of 71 He is buried in Mirogoj cemetery

See alsoedit

  • Austro-Hungarian Navy


  1. ^ a b Spencer C Tucker; Priscilla Mary Roberts September 2005 Encyclopedia Of World War I: A Political, Social, And Military History ABC-CLIO pp 856– ISBN 978-1-85109-420-2 
  2. ^ Lawrence Sondhaus 1994 The Naval Policy of Austria-Hungary, 1867-1918: Navalism, Industrial Development, and the Politics of Dualism Purdue University Press pp 257– ISBN 978-1-55753-034-9 
  3. ^ Ryan Noppen 20 September 2012 Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18 Osprey Publishing pp 40– ISBN 978-1-78096-897-1 
  4. ^ Christopher Bell; Bruce Elleman 2 August 2004 Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective Routledge pp 58– ISBN 978-1-135-75553-9 

External linksedit

  • Gross-Admiral Maximilian Njegovan at geocitiescom
  • First World Warcom - Who's Who - Maximilian Njegovan at firstworldwarcom
Military offices
Preceded by
Anton Haus
Commander-in-Chief of the Austro-Hungarian Naval Fleet
1917 - 1918
Succeeded by
Miklós Horthy

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