Hans Dietrich von Seeckt
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Admiral Seeckt (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
|Status:||Deceased (killed in action)|
|Died:||796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE)|
|Played by:||Shōzō Iizuka|
Hans Dietrich von Seeckt (Japanese: ハンス・ディートリッヒ・フォン・ゼークト) was one of two admirals placed in command of Iserlohn Fortress, along with Thoma von Stockhausen. Stockhausen commanded Iserlohn Fortress, while Seeckt was in command of Iserlohn's garrisoned fleet.
Admirals Seeckt and Stockhausen were open rivals and held each other in contempt. Their subordinates shared the views of their commanders and a rivalry existed between the fortress garrison and the stationed fleet. The garrison saw the fleet as mobile bait for the mighty Thor Hammer, while the fleet saw the garrison as cowards, cowering behind the fortress's defences. The enmity between the two commanders and their subordinates would be further deepened with the Fifth Battle of Iserlohn, when the Empire won the battle through the indiscriminate firing of the Thor Hammer through both Alliance forces and the Iserlohn fleet.
When subsequently the Rosen Ritter seized control of Iserlohn's command centre, Seeckt acted against the advice of his subordinate, Paul von Oberstein, and decided to wait and see what would happen, giving Yang Wen-li time to completely pacify the Imperial forces within Iserlohn. With Iserlohn Fortress secured, Yang docked the 13th Fleet. Seeing that he had fallen for Yang's bluff, Seeckt belatedly advanced his fleet toward the fortress and into the range of Iserlohn's main cannon, the mighty Thor Hammer.
Yang destroyed more than 1000 Imperial warships with the first shot, and advised Seeckt to either surrender or withdraw from battle. Seeckt refused to do either, and informed Yang of his intent to fight to the death, even if the battle was hopeless — his personal code of honour demanded as such.
Seeckt is the name of a German noble house based in Schleswig-Holstein; amongst its members was Johannes Friedrich "Hans" von Seeckt, a German general who served under Imperial Germany and its successor the Weimar Republic. Hans Dietrich relates to a famous German politician, Hans-Dietrich Genscher.