6. Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930)
The German Grand Admiral, Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, and a staunch supporter of a naval buildup and ‘arms race’ with the United Kingdom, Admiral Tirpitz contributed to the detriment of Anglo-German relations.
He had played a significant role in Germany’s aggressive Submarine strategy and the establishment of the German navy prior to the war. Though Tirpitz’s policies were successful, they ruined Germany’s international reputation; he eventually resigned in 1916.