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The relationship between the two naval establishments is of interest because it underlines the limits Page xxi of naval confraternity, or the concept that, since both institutions faced the power of a hostile politicostrategic environment and thousands of years of seafaring values, other larger issues ultimately decide the fate of any such confraternal relationship. In the context of civil-military relations navies are representative national institutions and subject to political direction and performance criteria in totalitarian dictatorships as well as in democracies.

3 Early Soviet-German Naval Interface Indeed, the same was true of the German fleet in 1926. Admiral Paul Behncke, who had commanded the leading Third Battle Squadron in SMS König at Jutland, assumed command of the German navy after Admiral von Trotha's resignation in the aftermath of the Kapp Putsch. "4 Behncke was replaced by Admiral Karl Adolf Zenker, who had a superb combat record commanding the battle cruiser von der Tann during World War I. The evolution of the German navy from draftee to an allvolunteer force under the Versailles Treaty allowed a thorough purge of left-wing elements as well as attracted some very talented people.

Finally, a technical delegation should accompany delivery of any plans. Spindler believed the Soviets would be more likely to accommodate German submarine construction ambitions if the latter were forthcoming. 20 Reflecting its established anti-Communist outlook, the German naval high command opposed any significant follow-through on Spindler's recommendations. Lieutenant Commander Wilhelm Canaris (later admiral and chief of the Abwehr) opposed giving the Soviets anything at all. 21 Indeed, it is now confirmed that all Soviet-German exchanges were under the control of Commissar Yan Berzin, chief of the Intelligence Directorate of the Red Army from 1924 to 1935.

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