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Char. Vizeadmiral Hans Kolbe (1882-1957)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 16 Jan 2019 21:10

Char. Vizeadmiral Hans Kolbe (1882-1957)

*Note: He retired in 1934 and wasn't active in the Kriegsmarine.

-Ritterkreuz des Königlich Preußischen Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern (31. 12. 1917)
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden IV. Klasse
-Ritterkreuz II. Klasse des Königlich Schwedischen Wasa-Ordens (05. 08. 1905)
-Portugiesische Rettungsmedaille
-Großherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinsches Militärverdienstkreuz II. Klasse
-Lübeckisches Hanseatenkreuz
-Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Kommandeurkreuz des Portugiesischen Ritterordens von Avis (03. 06. 1927)
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Admiral Kurt Fricke

Post by VJK » 16 Jan 2019 21:41

For Admiral Kurt Fricke the award Ordinul Steaua Romaniei cu spade clasa 1-a cu panglica de Virtutea Militara translates as "Großkreuz (1st Class) des Königlichen Ordens des Sterns von Rumänien mit Schwertern und Band der Militärischen Tugend". This award is already listed for him with the date 07. 10. 1942. So I don't know which date is correct? 07. 10. 1942 or 07. 11. 1941?
Here is confirmation of the 7.11.1941 date.

Additionally, a couple more awards:

Werner Tillessen
Großkreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern: 7 Aug 1943

Helmuth Brinkmann
Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Rumänien mit Schwertern: 7 Aug 1943


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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 16 Jan 2019 21:49

Thanks again VJK!

Can you write the original names of the awards in Romanian for Tillessen and Brinkmann also?

"Clasa I-a" for Kurt Fricke is the Grosskreuz, correct?

Update: this is the info I found on the english wikipedia: "In 1938, the order was given a superior rank, called "Clasa I" (First Class in English), between the Grand Officer rank and the Grand Cross rank, with a maximum of 50 civilians and 15 military personnel." However I don't know if this is true because after this sentence it says "[citation needed]".

If that information is correct, is it possible that on 07. 11. 1941 Fricke was awarded this "Clasa I-a" with Swords and Band of Military Virtue. And then (like it is written on ABR) on 07. 10. 1942 he recieved the Grand Cross with Swords and Band of Military Virtue?

Please tell me what you think. Also, try and find the proof in Romanian documents if Fricke was awarded any Romanian decoration in 1942.

Update 2: Regarding the quote from wikipedia about the "Clasa I". After a quick google search these 2 sites confirm the quote from wikipedia:
http://www.worldwar2.ro/arr/?article=110
http://www.medals.org.uk/romania/kingdo ... nia035.htm
http://www.medals.org.uk/romania/kingdo ... nia036.htm
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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by VJK » 16 Jan 2019 22:20

Hi!

Tillessen
Ordinul Coroana României cu spade în gradul de Mare Cruce

Brinkmann
Ordinul Coroana României cu spade în gradul de Mare Ofiţer

Regarding Fricke, I suspect that the clasa I-a is not the same as the Mare Cruce (Grand Cross), because I've always found the Monitorul Oficial to be precise regarding the medals. If it had been the Grand Cross, then they would have said so, therefore I think you are most likely right that the Clasa 1-a is a different award. I searched the Monitorul Oficial site, but unfortunately couldn't find confirmation of Fricke's Grand Cross in 1942.

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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 16 Jan 2019 22:27

Thanks VJK.
Check out the 3 links on my post above. They all confirm that the "1st Class" of the Order of the Star of Romania existed (photos on the third link).

I think for now we should update Fricke's list like this:

-Königlicher Orden des Stern von Rumänien I. Klasse mit Schwertern und Band der Militärischen Tugend (07. 11. 1941)

and leave the

-Großkreuz des Königlichen Ordens des Sterns von Rumänien mit Schwertern und Band der Militärischen Tugend (07. 10. 1942)

like it says on ABR. It is possible that Fricke was awarded the Großkreuz in 1942 when he was an Admiral. He was a Vizeadmiral when awarded the I. Klasse in 1941.
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Re: Vizeadmiral Gustav Kleikamp (1896-1952)

Post by luftk » 16 Jan 2019 23:44

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
16 Jan 2019 19:18
Vizeadmiral Gustav Kleikamp (1896-1952)

-Deutsches Kreuz in Gold am 14.10.1944 als Vizeadmiral und Kommandierender Admiral in den Niederlanden
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Hamburger Hanseatenkreuz
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse
-Königlich Spanisches Marineverdienstkreuz III. Klasse in Weiß
-Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse (17. 09. 1939)
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse (02. 10. 1939)
-Flottenkriegsabzeichen
-Deutsches Sportabzeichen in Gold
I have a record of this group belonging to Vizeadmiral Gustav Kleikamp. It has the Spanish Naval Merit Order included.
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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Cartaphilus » 17 Jan 2019 07:22

But Naval Merit Order of 3rd class was a breast star... And the cross of the pic is a pre-1931 order, with royal crown... I doubt that this decoration (the one of the photo) is really the Naval Merit Order received by Kleikamp.

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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by graveland » 17 Jan 2019 19:06

Cartaphilus wrote:
17 Jan 2019 07:22
But Naval Merit Order of 3rd class was a breast star... And the cross of the pic is a pre-1931 order, with royal crown... I doubt that this decoration (the one of the photo) is really the Naval Merit Order received by Kleikamp.
Full agree with you.

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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 17 Jan 2019 20:58

Ok guys, I will ask Dieter to add "not confirmed" behind the Königlich Spanisches Marineverdienstkreuz III. Klasse in Weiß for Kleikamp.
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Vizeadmiral Walter Krastel (1892-1966)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 17 Jan 2019 21:08

Vizeadmiral Walter Krastel (1892-1966)

-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Ritterkreuz II. Klasse des Großherzoglich Badischen Ordens vom Zähringer Löwen mit Schwertern
-U-Bootskriegsabzeichen (1918)
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse
-Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) II. Klasse mit Schwertern
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) I. Klasse mit Schwertern
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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by graveland » 17 Jan 2019 21:35

Walter Freytag & Krastel

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Vizeadmiral Günther Krause (1890-1983)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 17 Jan 2019 22:36

Vizeadmiral Günther Krause (1890-1983)

-Deutsches Kreuz in Silber am 18. 03. 1945 als Vizeadmiral und Oberwerftdirektor der Kriegsmarinewerft Horten
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-U-Bootskriegsabzeichen (1918)
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) II. Klasse mit Schwertern
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) I. Klasse mit Schwertern

*The last ribbon on the first photo is unidentified for Krause. Does anyone know what it might be?
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Vizeadmiral Leo Kreisch (1895-1977)

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Vizeadmiral Leo Kreisch (1895-1977)

-Deutsches Kreuz in Gold am 19. 07. 1943 als Konteradmiral und Führer der Unterseeboote Italien
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse
-Kommandeurkreuz des Königlichen Ordens des Sterns von Rumänien mit Schwertern und Band der Militärischen Tugend (14. 03. 1942)
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Vizeadmiral Friedrich Wilhelm Kurze (1891-1945)

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Vizeadmiral Friedrich Wilhelm Kurze (1891-1945)

-Deutsches Kreuz in Silber am 12. 02. 1945 als Vizeadmiral und Chef der Amtsgruppe Nautik, OKM/Skl.
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Großherzoglich Oldenburgisches Friedrich August-Kreuz II. Klasse
-Marineverwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (1918)
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) II. Klasse mit Schwertern
-Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) I. Klasse mit Schwertern
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Vizeadmiral Fritz Lamprecht (1893-1961)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 18 Jan 2019 14:56

Vizeadmiral Fritz Lamprecht (1893-1961)

-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse
-Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse
-Hamburger Hanseatenkreuz
-U-Bootskriegsabzeichen (1918)
-Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
-Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse
-Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse
-Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boots-Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände
-Großoffizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien

*The first 2 ribbons in the 2nd row on the second photo below still remain unknown for Lamprecht. If anyone has any ideas please comment.
For more info about his ribbon bar see here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=238615&p=2170962&hi ... t#p2170962
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