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Vizeadmiral Heino von Heimburg (1889-1945)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 13 Sep 2023 12:01

Heino von Heimburg has a Personalakte, but there is no new information regarding awards. There is only one document that lists some (already known) awards without award dates.
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Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 13 Sep 2023 13:15

Hellmuth Heye has a Personalakte, but there is no new information regarding awards. There is only one document that lists some (already known) awards without award dates.

However, scans of his original award documents can be found in Manfred Dörr's book about the Ritterkreuzträger of the Kriegsmarine. I will make some changes based on these documents. I will also have some questions I need help with (at the bottom in red).

In total, there are scans of 16 documents in the book that mention awards. I will not post the photos of all of them. I will just write below what they say:

1st document: Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung II. bis IV. Klasse on 02. 10. 1936
2nd document: Proposal for the awarding of the Komturkreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien dated 29. 09. 1937 (Italian document)
3rd document: German approval (Genehmigung zur Annahme) for the Komturkreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien dated 13. 12. 1937
4th document: Italian document mentioning the Komturkreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien dated 02. 08. 1938. This is most likely the day the award itself was presented to Heye.
5th document: Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse on 11. 02. 1939
6th document: Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 on 22. 05. 1939
7th document: Spanish award document for the Königlich Spanischer Orden für Verdienste zur See III. Klasse mit weißem Abzeichen dated 21. 08. 1939
8th document: Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes on 26. 10. 1939
9th document: Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse on 14. 04. 1940
10th document: German approval (Genehmigung zur Annahme) for the Königlich Spanischer Orden für Verdienste zur See III. Klasse mit weißem Abzeichen dated 06. 05. 1940
11th document: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 18. 01. 1941
12th document: Flottenkriegsabzeichen on 16. 02. 1942
13th document: Bulgarian document for the Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918 dated 06. 02. 1942
14th document: Romanian document for the Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern am Tapferkeitsbande der Militärischen Tugend dated 15. 01. 1943
15th document: Romanian document mentioning the Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern am Tapferkeitsbande der Militärischen Tugend dated 04. 03. 1943
16th document: Großoffizierskreuz des Königlich Italienischen Ordens vom Römischen Adler mit Schwertern on 24. 08. 1943 (Italian document)

1. The original award document (from the book) states Heye received the Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse on 11. 02. 1939. However, the document which Thierry posted recently (see 2nd photo below) says Heye received this award on 01. 04. 1939, which would make logical sense because Heye joined the Navy on 01 April 1914, which means he reached 25 years on active service on 01. 04. 1939 and not 11. 02. 1939.
Which date would you choose: "11. 02. 1939" or "01. 04. 1939" and why?


2. Do you agree we add "mit Schwertern" after his Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918? When awarded to combat veterans (which Heye was), this medal was always awarded "mit Schwertern".

3. We know the date "15. 01. 1943" was the award date for Heye's Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern am Tapferkeitsbande der Militärischen Tugend. This date is confirmed in the Monitorul Oficial.
However, we have another date: "04. 03. 1943". Since this is a Romanian document, I believe this date is the date when the medal itself was presented to Heye. Do you agree we add the date "04. 03. 1943" as the date when the medal was awarded/presented?
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Re: Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Walter Fröhlich (1893-1969)

Post by graveland » 13 Sep 2023 18:27

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
12 Sep 2023 13:58
graveland wrote:
12 Sep 2023 12:59
Requin Marteau wrote:
12 Sep 2023 07:07
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08 Sep 2023 11:56
Walter Fröhlich has a Personalakte, but there are no documents mentioning awards.

Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Walter Fröhlich (1893-1969) viewtopic.php?f=5&t=239341&p=2181338&hi ... h#p2181338

askropp, please delete both photos that are currently posted for Fröhlich. The officer in the first photo is NOT Fröhlich.
Replace those two photos with these new ones:
There is another badge next to the submariner badge
To me it is the Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie.
He held no command that would make him eligible for the Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie.
However, he was eligible for the Flottenkriegsabzeichen because he was the Fleet-Engineer with Fleet-Command (11 December 1939-07 January 1941).
Well, I'm pretty sure that it's that award.

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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by graveland » 14 Sep 2023 14:30

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
13 Sep 2023 13:15
Hellmuth Heye has a Personalakte, but there is no new information regarding awards. There is only one document that lists some (already known) awards without award dates.

2. Do you agree we add "mit Schwertern" after his Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918? When awarded to combat veterans (which Heye was), this medal was always awarded "mit Schwertern".
Yes, I do.
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13 Sep 2023 13:15
3. We know the date "15. 01. 1943" was the award date for Heye's Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern am Tapferkeitsbande der Militärischen Tugend. This date is confirmed in the Monitorul Oficial.
However, we have another date: "04. 03. 1943". Since this is a Romanian document, I believe this date is the date when the medal itself was presented to Heye. Do you agree we add the date "04. 03. 1943" as the date when the medal was awarded/presented?
Yes I do.

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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 14 Sep 2023 15:16

graveland wrote:
14 Sep 2023 14:30
Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
13 Sep 2023 13:15
Hellmuth Heye has a Personalakte, but there is no new information regarding awards. There is only one document that lists some (already known) awards without award dates.

2. Do you agree we add "mit Schwertern" after his Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918? When awarded to combat veterans (which Heye was), this medal was always awarded "mit Schwertern".
Yes, I do.
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13 Sep 2023 13:15
3. We know the date "15. 01. 1943" was the award date for Heye's Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern am Tapferkeitsbande der Militärischen Tugend. This date is confirmed in the Monitorul Oficial.
However, we have another date: "04. 03. 1943". Since this is a Romanian document, I believe this date is the date when the medal itself was presented to Heye. Do you agree we add the date "04. 03. 1943" as the date when the medal was awarded/presented?
Yes I do.
Thank you Gregg.
What about question number 1?
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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by graveland » 14 Sep 2023 19:17

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
13 Sep 2023 13:15
Hellmuth Heye has a Personalakte, but there is no new information regarding awards. There is only one document that lists some (already known) awards without award dates.

1. The original award document (from the book) states Heye received the Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse on 11. 02. 1939. However, the document which Thierry posted recently (see 2nd photo below) says Heye received this award on 01. 04. 1939, which would make logical sense because Heye joined the Navy on 01 April 1914, which means he reached 25 years on active service on 01. 04. 1939 and not 11. 02. 1939.
Which date would you choose: "11. 02. 1939" or "01. 04. 1939" and why?
I would choose the second one, because, as you say, Heye joined the Kaiserlich Marine on 01 April 1914.

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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 15 Sep 2023 11:15

askropp, please update Heye's awards. Just copy-paste the list below. I highlighted the changes in blue but you can keep the text black.

Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970) viewtopic.php?f=5&t=239341&p=2181535&hi ... e#p2181535

-Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (56) am 18.01.1941 als Kapitän zur See und Kommandant der Schwerer Kreuzer „Admiral Hipper“
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Großherzoglich Oldenburgisches Friedrich August-Kreuz II. Klasse mit Spange „Vor dem Feinde“
-U-Bootskriegsabzeichen (1918)
-Baltenkreuz
-Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis II. Klasse (02. 10. 1936)
-Komturkreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien (29. 09. 1937, Approved on 13. 12. 1937, Awarded on 02. 08. 1938)
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse (01. 04. 1939)
-Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 (22. 05. 1939)
-Königlich Spanischer Orden für Verdienste zur See III. Klasse mit weißem Abzeichen (21. 08. 1939, Approved on 06. 05. 1940)
-Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes (26. 10. 1939)
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse (23. 02. 1940)
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse (14. 04. 1940)
-Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918 mit Schwertern (06. 02. 1942)
-Flottenkriegsabzeichen (16. 02. 1942)
-Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern am Tapferkeitsbande der Militärischen Tugend (15. 01. 1943, Awarded on 04. 03. 1943)
-Großoffizierskreuz des Königlich Italienischen Ordens vom Römischen Adler mit Schwertern (24. 08. 1943)
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Vizeadmiral Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann (1895-1988)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 15 Sep 2023 11:39

Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann has a Personalakte, but there are no documents mentioning awards, except the DKiG. However, I will add two new dates for the WDA.

askropp, please update Hoffmann's awards. Just copy-paste the list below. I highlighted the changes in blue but you can keep the text black.

Vizeadmiral Kurt-Caesar Hoffmann (1895-1988) viewtopic.php?f=5&t=239341&p=2181574&hi ... n#p2181574

-Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (106) am 21.03.1942 als Kapitän zur See und Kommandant des Schlachtschiffes „Scharnhorst“
-Deutsches Kreuz in Gold am 20.11.1941 als Kapitän zur See und Kommandant des Schlachtschiffes „Scharnhorst“
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Ritterkreuz II. Klasse des Königlich Sächsischen Albrechts-Ordens mit Schwertern
-Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis II. Klasse (02. 10. 1936)
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung I. Klasse (01. 04. 1937)
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse (16. 10. 1939)
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse (26. 11. 1939)
-Flottenkriegsabzeichen
-Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (15. 07. 1965)
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Vizeadmiral Friedrich Hüffmeier (1898-1972)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 15 Sep 2023 18:45

Friedrich Hüffmeier has a Personalakte, but there are no documents mentioning awards. However, I will add some new awards based on photographic evidence (see below).

askropp, please update Hüffmeier's awards. Just copy-paste the list below. I highlighted the changes in blue but you can keep the text black.

Vizeadmiral Friedrich Hüffmeier (1898-1972) viewtopic.php?f=5&t=239341&p=2181633&hi ... r#p2181633

-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1939) I. Klasse
-Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis II. Klasse
-Spanienkreuz in Silber ohne Schwerter (06. 06. 1939)
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) II. Klasse mit Schwertern
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) I. Klasse mit Schwertern
-Flottenkriegsabzeichen

Please also add these two photos of Hüffmeier (with the descriptions):
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Vizeadmiral z.V. Ernst Junkermann (1881-1944)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 15 Sep 2023 20:51

Ernst Junkermann has a Personalakte, but there are no documents mentioning awards. However, I will add some dates from the Seeoffiziere Gesamtliste.

askropp, please update Junkermann's awards. Just copy-paste the list below. I highlighted the changes in blue but you can keep the text black.

Vizeadmiral z.V. Ernst Junkermann (1881-1944) viewtopic.php?f=5&t=239341&p=2181688&hi ... n#p2181688

-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Königlich Preußische Rettungsmedaille am Bande (18. 07. 1904)
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden IV. Klasse (05. 09. 1909)
-Großherzoglich Oldenburgisches Friedrich August-Kreuz II. Klasse
-Großherzoglich Oldenburgisches Friedrich August-Kreuz I. Klasse
-Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz
-Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer
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Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 16 Sep 2023 09:46

Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

1st photo below:

First column:
- Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse (24. 11. 1916)
- Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse (29. 07. 1917)
- U-Bootskriegsabzeichen (1919)
- Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnung III. Klasse (13. 10. 1921)
- Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) I. und II. Stufe (16. 11. 1919 & 03. 02. 1920) (did I write the award dates correctly? I pressume the 1919 date is for the II. Stufe and the 1920 date for the I. Stufe, is that correct?)
- Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer (29. 10. 1934)
- Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) II. Klasse mit Schwertern (27. 11. 1940)
- Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) I. Klasse mit Schwertern (20. 04. 1942)

Second column:
- k.u.k. Österreich-Ungarisches Goldenes Verdienstkreuz am Bande der Tapferkeitsmedaille (25. 03. 1917)
- Großherrlich Osmanische Kriegsmedaille (Eiserner Halbmond) (15. 05. 1917)
- Großherrlich Osmanische Silberne Liakat-Medaille mit Säbeln (25. 03. 1918)
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Re: Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Post by graveland » 16 Sep 2023 14:21

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Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) I. und II. Stufe (16. 11. 1919 & 03. 02. 1920) (did I write the award dates correctly? I pressume the 1919 date is for the II. Stufe and the 1920 date for the I. Stufe, is that correct?)
Yes, you did.

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Re: Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 16 Sep 2023 14:37

graveland wrote:
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Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) I. und II. Stufe (16. 11. 1919 & 03. 02. 1920) (did I write the award dates correctly? I pressume the 1919 date is for the II. Stufe and the 1920 date for the I. Stufe, is that correct?)
Yes, you did.
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And I pressume the 1919 date is for the II. Stufe and the 1920 date for the I. Stufe, is that correct?
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Re: Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Post by graveland » 16 Sep 2023 15:01

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
16 Sep 2023 14:37
graveland wrote:
16 Sep 2023 14:21
Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
16 Sep 2023 09:46
Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) I. und II. Stufe (16. 11. 1919 & 03. 02. 1920) (did I write the award dates correctly? I pressume the 1919 date is for the II. Stufe and the 1920 date for the I. Stufe, is that correct?)
Yes, you did.
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And I pressume the 1919 date is for the II. Stufe and the 1920 date for the I. Stufe, is that correct?
Correct.

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Re: Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 16 Sep 2023 15:43

askropp, please update Kaufmann's awards. Just copy-paste the list below. I highlighted the changes in blue but you can keep the text black.

Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Karl Kaufmann (1893-1975) viewtopic.php?f=5&t=239341&p=2181793&hi ... n#p2181793

-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse (24. 11. 1916)
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse (29. 07. 1917)
-k.u.k. Österreich-Ungarisches Goldenes Verdienstkreuz am Bande der Tapferkeitsmedaille (25. 03. 1917)
-Großherrlich Osmanische Kriegsmedaille (Eiserner Halbmond) (15. 05. 1917)
-Großherrlich Osmanische Silberne Liakat-Medaille mit Säbeln (25. 03. 1918)
-U-Bootskriegsabzeichen (1918) (1919)
-Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) II. Stufe (16. 11. 1919)
-Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) I. Stufe (03. 02. 1920)
-Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnung III. Klasse (13. 10. 1921)
-Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer (29. 10. 1934)
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse (02. 10. 1936)
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) II. Klasse mit Schwertern (27. 11. 1940)
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) I. Klasse mit Schwertern (20. 04. 1942)
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