Otto Ciliax was born on 30th October 1891.
Once commanding officer of the Scharnhorst, he commanded Operation Cerebus in February 1942 where Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with Prinz Eugen dashed through the English Channel from Brest to their homebases in Germany.
15th April 1911: Fähnrich zur See;
27th September 1913: Leutnant zur See;
22nd March 1916: Oberleutnant zur See;
29th June 1920: Kapitänleutnant;
1st October 1928: Korvettenkapitän;
1st October 1933: Fregattenkapitän;
1st July 1935: Kapitän zur See;
1st November 1939: Konteradmiral;
1st June 1941: Vizeadmiral;
1st February 1943: Admiral.
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