Paul Ascher

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Military person

Paul Ascher (18 December 1899 – 27 May 1941) was Admiral Günther Lütjens First Staff Officer aboard Bismarck at the time of her sinking. He had previously served as the artillery officer aboard the Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee during her cruise in the South Atlantic. He directed the fire that put the heavy cruiser Template:HMS out of action and damaged Template:HMS during the Battle of the River Plate on 13 December 1939

After the scuttling of Graf Spee in December 1939 he was interned in Argentina but escaped back to Germany and was assigned to Bismark. Ascher held the rank of Fregattenkapitän at the time of his death in the sinking of Bismark.