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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by graveland » 26 Feb 2023 16:09

luftk wrote:
26 Feb 2023 15:54
Requin Marteau wrote:
26 Feb 2023 10:41
What is the medal after Oldenburg medal ( Maybe Bremen Hanseatenkreuz, but not sure) ?
What is the 5th ribbon (between Honour Cross and Long Service Decoration)?
It should be the Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) 2. Klasse.

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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by luftk » 26 Feb 2023 16:40

graveland wrote:
26 Feb 2023 16:09
luftk wrote:
26 Feb 2023 15:54
Requin Marteau wrote:
26 Feb 2023 10:41
What is the medal after Oldenburg medal ( Maybe Bremen Hanseatenkreuz, but not sure) ?
What is the 5th ribbon (between Honour Cross and Long Service Decoration)?
It should be the Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) 2. Klasse.
The ribbon doesn't resemble the Silesian Eagle ribbon. I see a dark ribbon with two light coloured stripes at the edge.

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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by graveland » 26 Feb 2023 17:39

luftk wrote:
26 Feb 2023 16:40
The ribbon doesn't resemble the Silesian Eagle ribbon. I see a dark ribbon with two light coloured stripes at the edge.
That's why I said "should be", mate. And the third from the left should be the Baltenkreuz, although it is located in the wrong place.

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Re: Vizeadmiral Hellmuth Heye (1895-1970)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 26 Feb 2023 19:29

luftk wrote:
26 Feb 2023 16:40
graveland wrote:
26 Feb 2023 16:09
luftk wrote:
26 Feb 2023 15:54
Requin Marteau wrote:
26 Feb 2023 10:41
What is the medal after Oldenburg medal ( Maybe Bremen Hanseatenkreuz, but not sure) ?
What is the 5th ribbon (between Honour Cross and Long Service Decoration)?
It should be the Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen (Schlesischer Adler) 2. Klasse.
The ribbon doesn't resemble the Silesian Eagle ribbon. I see a dark ribbon with two light coloured stripes at the edge.
It could be the Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918.
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Personalakten of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 17:13

The Personalakten of the majority of Kriegsmarine Admirals have finally been digitized on Invenio!

I will slowly start posting the relevant pages containing awards in the Database. I will start from the highest ranks (Großadmiral to Kommodore) alphabetically and make my way down to the Admiralärzte as the last ones to be featured.

I am also asking all the members to help me decipher the German handwriting of the awards and dates. Sometimes I will not be able to decipher it myself.

Some generals notes before I start:

This Database includes 340 admirals that were active or zur Verfügung in the Marine during the period between 1933 and 1945. The Personalakten of the majority of these 340 officers were digitized on Invenio. However, not all the Personalakten have the pages where awards are mentioned. Also, Marinebeamte im Admiralsrang are not included

The following admirals have a Personalakte on Invenio, but have not yet been digitized:

- Admiral Otto Backenköhler
- Char. Admiral Emil Heusinger von Waldegg
- Char. Vizeadmiral Max Looff
- Vizeadmiral Bernhard Rogge
- Char. Konteradmiral Walther Faber (Faber has two Personalakten, one of which is digitized and the other isn't)
- Char. Konteradmiral/Ministerialdirektor mit den Rangabzeichen eines Generalleutnants (Luftwaffe) Fritz Spiess

For the following admirals I was unable to find the Personalakte. They either don't exist or they are just not on Invenio. The majority of the admirals in question are the ones that were placed zur Verfügung but not mobilised before or during the war:

- Admiral Johannes Bachmann
- Char. Admiral Hermann Bauer
- Vizeadmiral Albrecht Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen
- Char. Vizeadmiral (Ing.) Ernst Friedrich
- Vizeadmiral Heinrich Hanke
- Char. Vizeadmiral Wilhelm Friedrich von Loewenfeld
- Vizeadmiral Friedrich Ruge
- Char. Vizeadmiral/General der Flakartillerie/SS-Gruppenführer Ludwig von Schröder
- Char. Konteradmiral Ernst Bindseil
- Char. Konteradmiral Karl Coupette
- Konteradmiral Werner Ehrhardt (Ehrhardt has a Personalakte from his Bundesmarine service, but it's also not digitized)
- Char. Konteradmiral Heinrich Gebhardt
- Char. Konteradmiral Waldemar Hirth
- Konteradmiral Rolf Johannesson
- Char. Konteradmiral Karl Klüpfel
- Char. Konteradmiral Reinhold Knobloch
- Char. Konteradmiral (Ing.) Wilhelm Korreng
- Konteradmiral Hans Küsel
- Char. Konteradmiral Albrecht Meißner
- Char. Konteradmiral Karl August Nerger
- Char. Konteradmiral Leo Riedel
- Konteradmiral Hermann Baron von Salza
- Char. Konteradmiral Heinrich Schickhardt
- Char. Konteradmiral Hans Seebohm
- Konteradmiral Gerhard Wagner
- Char. Konteradmiral Wilhelm Wilke
- Char. Konteradmiral Fritz Wossidlo
- Char. Admiralarzt Ernst Böse
- Char. Admiralarzt Emil Krauss
- Char. Admiralarzt Edgar Pillet
- Char. Admiralarzt Victor Praefcke
- Char. Admiralarzt Friedrich Titschack

If anyone is able to find the Invenio signatures for the Personalakten of these admirals, please let me know.
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Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 18:36

It seems that I actually started the Database with Raeder's awards instead of Dönitz's. :roll:

Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

1st photo below:

- Ehrenritterkreuz II. Klasse des Großherzoglich Oldenburgischen Haus- und Verdienstordens des Herzogs Peter Friedrich Ludwig mit der Silbernen Krone (19. 09. 1907)

2nd photo below:

First column:
- China-Denkmünze in Stahl (12. 12. 1901)
- Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden IV. Klasse (22. 06. 1907)
- Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden IV. Klasse mit der Krone (05. 09. 1911)
- Eisernes Kreuz (1914) II. Klasse (19. 11. 1914)
- Eisernes Kreuz (1914) I. Klasse (18. 02. 1915)
- Ritterkreuz des Königlich Preußischen Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern (03. or 05. 06. 1916) ???
- Großherzoglich Oldenburgisches Friedrich August-Kreuz II. und I. Klasse (22. 08. 1916)
- Großherrlich Osmanische Silberne Imtiaz-Medaille mit Säbeln ???
- Großherrlich Osmanische Kriegsmedaille (Eiserner Halbmond) ???
- Königlich Bayerischer Militärverdienstorden IV. Klasse mit Krone und Schwertern (20. 12. 1916)
- Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis I. Klasse (02. 10. 1936)
- Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918 mit Schwertern für Frontkämpfer (09. 10. 1934)
- Deutsches Olympia-Ehrenzeichen I. Klasse (16. 08. 1936)

Second column:
- Kaiserlich Chinesischer Orden vom Doppelten Drachen III. Klasse, II. Stufe (10. 10. 1898)
- Ehrenritterkreuz II. Klasse des Großherzoglich Oldenburgischen Haus- und Verdienstordens des Herzogs Peter Friedrich Ludwig mit der Silbernen Krone (17. 09. 1907) ???
- Komturkreuz des k.u.k. Österreichischen Franz-Joseph-Ordens (16. 09. 1911)
- Kommandeurkreuz des Königlich Griechischen Erlöserordens (14. 05. 1912)
- Kaiserlich Russischer St. Stanislaus-Orden II. Klasse (16. 04. 1913)
- k.u.k. Österreich-Ungarisches Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration (04. 09. 1918)
- Königlich Ungarische Weltkriegs-Erinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern und Helm (03. 06. 1931)
- Königlich Bulgarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille 1915/1918 mit Schwertern (30. 11. 1937)
- Großkreuz des Königlich Spanischen Ordens für Verdienste zur See mit weißem Abzeichen (16. 11. 1928)
- Großoffizierskreuz des Chilenischen Verdienstordens (00. 08. 1930)
- Großoffizierskreuz des Königlich Italienischen Ordens vom Heiligen Mauritius- und Lazarus (07. 05. 1934)
- Großkreuz des Königlich Bulgarischen Militär-Verdienstordens (28. 06. 1934)

Third column (bottom right):
- Großkreuz des Königlich Ungarischen Verdienstordens (05. 12. 1934)
- Großkreuz des Ordens der Weißen Rose von Finnland (27. 02. 1936)
- Großkreuz des Chinesischen Jade-Ordens am Weißen Bande mit Roter Kante ???
- Großkreuz des Königlich Italienischen Ordens vom Heiligen Mauritius- und Lazarus (29. 09. 1937)

3rd photo below:

- Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (30 .09. 1939)
- Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz II. Klasse (30. 09. 1939)
- Spange (1939) zum Eisernen Kreuz I. Klasse (30. 09. 1939)
- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 (25. 05. 1939)
- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange „Prager Burg“ (19. 09. 1939)
- Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes (26. 10. 1939)
- Goldene Hamburger Ehrenmedaille (01. 04. 1939)
- Kaiserlich Japanischer Orden von der Aufgehenden Sonne I. Klasse am Großen Band mit Sternen (09. 11. 1937)
- ... Orden: Kdr. Kreuz des Verdienstordens m. Stern (Sept. 28) ???
- Großkreuz des Königlich Spanischen Ordens für Verdienste zur See mit weißem Abzeichen (21. 08. 1939)
- Großkreuz des Königlich Jugoslawischen Ordens vom Weißen Adler (02. 06. 1939)
- Großkreuz des Königlich Schwedischen Schwertordens (24. 10. 1940)

4th photo below:

- Großkreuz des Großherzoglich ... .. Josephs Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern ??? (what is this? please help decipher the rest)

1. Which is the correct award date of his Ehrenritterkreuz II. Klasse des Großherzoglich Oldenburgischen Haus- und Verdienstordens des Herzogs Peter Friedrich Ludwig mit der Silbernen Krone? 19. 09. 1907 (first photo) or 17. 09. 1907 (second photo)?

2. Which is the correct award date of his Ritterkreuz des Königlich Preußischen Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern? 03. 06. 1916 (like it says in the Personalakte, if this is the award written before the date) or 05. 06. 1916 (like it says in other sources)?

REMEMBER TO OPEN THE PHOTOS FROM THE ATTACHMENT IN A NEW TAB SO YOU CAN SEE THEM IN LARGER SIZE!
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Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 18:39

And here are the rest of documents listing Raeder's awards. The ones written on the white paper were written by a researcher without award dates. The ones on the brown paper include award dates. They list all the awards for Raeder we already know.

One thing that should be corrected is his Kroatischen Orden der Krone des Königs Zvonimir.
The correct class he was awarded was Großkreuz des Kroatischen Ordens der Krone des Königs Zvonimir mit Schwertern, without the "und andere Dekorationen" I wrote previously.
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Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 18:44

And the last one.

Please refer to my post #786 for the relevant documents!
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Re: Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

Post by graveland » 19 Jun 2023 19:03

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
19 Jun 2023 18:36
Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

4th photo below:
- Großkreuz des Großherzoglich ... .. Josephs Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern ??? (what is this? please help decipher the rest)
Großkreuz des Großherzoglichen Toskanischen St. Josef-Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern.

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Re: Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 19:35

graveland wrote:
19 Jun 2023 19:03
Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
19 Jun 2023 18:36
Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

4th photo below:
- Großkreuz des Großherzoglich ... .. Josephs Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern ??? (what is this? please help decipher the rest)
Großkreuz des Großherzoglichen Toskanischen St. Josef-Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern.
Thank you Gregg. But which class is it then? Großkreuz or 2. Klasse? It can't be both.
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Who is the Admiral behind von Friedeburg?

Post by Halfdan S. » 19 Jun 2023 21:46

Hi,

Came across this photo and wondered who the Admiral with the RK behind von Friedeburg leaving the Patria in Flensburg Harbour on May 17th, 1945 is? Guess he's an Admiral (don't know too much about Navy grades, yet his stripes seems to match those of von Friedeburg?!).
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Re: Who is the Admiral behind von Friedeburg?

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 21:53

Halfdan S. wrote:
19 Jun 2023 21:46
Hi,

Came across this photo and wondered who the Admiral with the RK behind von Friedeburg leaving the Patria in Flensburg Harbour on May 17th, 1945 is? Guess he's an Admiral (don't know too much about Navy grades, yet his stripes seems to match those of von Friedeburg?!).
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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Halfdan S. » 19 Jun 2023 21:54

Thanks,

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Re: Database of Kriegsmarine Admirals

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 19 Jun 2023 21:57

Halfdan S. wrote:
19 Jun 2023 21:54
Thanks,

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No problem. But, when you ask for identification in the future please post the photos in the Request for Identification thread. This thread is for discussion of awards.
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Re: Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

Post by graveland » 20 Jun 2023 12:59

Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
19 Jun 2023 19:35
graveland wrote:
19 Jun 2023 19:03
Kriegsmarine Großadmiral wrote:
19 Jun 2023 18:36
Großadmiral Dr. phil. h.c. Erich Raeder (1876-1960)

4th photo below:
- Großkreuz des Großherzoglich ... .. Josephs Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern ??? (what is this? please help decipher the rest)
Großkreuz des Großherzoglichen Toskanischen St. Josef-Ordens 2. Klasse mit Schwertern.
Thank you Gregg. But which class is it then? Großkreuz or 2. Klasse? It can't be both.
But perhaps he would receive both awards on different dates.

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