Award List - Croatian Iron Trefoil & King Zwonimir Crown

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 09 Apr 2004 11:22

Another:

SS-Hstuf. Kaiser; CO II./SS-Frw.Geb.Rgt. 13; Kreuz Vierter Klasse des Eisernen Dreiblatts

Source: Kumm: 7. SS-Frw.Geb.Div. "Prinz Eugen" im Bild, page 130

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A Lot of High Ranking German Officers

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 28 Jun 2004 22:56

Gentlemen,

I'm afraid we will never get a complete list of German holders of these two high decorations from Croatia. However I'm sure there were a lot of high ranking German officers from the Wehrmacht,Waffen-SS,Police,etc. that had gotten a high decoration from Croatia. :|

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Generalmajor Anton Mayer

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 05 Sep 2004 07:20

Gentlemen,

Generalmajor (Luftwaffe) Anton Mayer

b. 09. 08. 1881 in Gaming/Niederösterreich
d. 17. 11. 1961 in Wien

There was a picture (Biblio) of him wearing a neck order called King Zvonimir 1st class. Too bad I have no way of putting that picture on this forum.

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Post by VJK » 05 Sep 2004 09:35

Hi!

You'll find the pic of LW Generalmajor Mayer here:

http://www.geocities.com/%7Eorion47/WEH ... W_M-N.html

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Post by Phil Nix » 06 Sep 2004 11:05

Here is Paul Dahm with Neck Order Sorry had a problem here is the pic
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Post by USAF1986 » 26 Sep 2004 15:50

Hello! In the recently published Band 7 (Knabe-Luz) of Bradley's Die Generale des Heeres, 1921-1945, there is an excellent photo of Generalmajor Hermann Linkenbach (8 April 1889-29 June 1959) displaying the Croatian Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir, 1st Class with Star and Swords.

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Post by USAF1986 » 26 Sep 2004 17:35

Also in the recently published Band 7 (Knabe-Luz) of Bradley's Die Generale des Heeres, 1921-1945, there is a somewhat fuzzy photo of Generalmajor z.V. Rudolf zu der Luth (5 July 1880-14 September 1961) displaying the Croatian Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir, 1st Class with Star. I’m uncertain if his award features the Swords due to the photo quality. He is also wearing the neck badge and breast star of a Grand Commander of the Hungarian Order of Merit (without Swords).

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Post by USAF1986 » 18 Dec 2004 16:40

Hello! A few more recipients from the Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine (two volumes) by Manfred Dörr.

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Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir
Admiral Kurt Fricke: Grand Cross with Swords: 26.09.1942
Vizeadmiral Gustav Kieseritzky: 1st Class with Swords and Oakleaves: 18.02.1944
Konteradmiral Otto Schulz: 1st Class with Swords
Konteradmiral Kurt Weyher: 1st Class with Oakleaves: 17.04.1944

Order of the Iron Trefoil
Kapitänleutnant Dr. jur. Horst Weber: 3rd Class: 11.05.1944

Note: Weber received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 05.07.1943 as an Oberleutnant zur See and commander of S-Boat S 55 in the 3. Schnellbootsflottille. Weber also received the German Cross in Gold (21.11.1942), two awards of the Italian War Merit Cross (Croche al Valore Militare) and an award of the Italian Naval Bravery Medal in Bronze (Medaglia di Bronzo al Valore di Marina).

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Finally we are getting somewhere!

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 18 Dec 2004 22:51

Gentlemen!

Finally we are getting somewhere after all this uncertainly about this topic.
At last! Some more Kriegsmarine recipients of these high Croatian orders! This imformation is like a Christmas present to me. Thank you!

Merry Christmas!

Edward :D

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Post by USAF1986 » 19 Dec 2004 07:37

Hello! I've consolidated the list from all previous posts in this thread as well as a few from my files. I've also indicated questions/incomplete information still outstanding on some of these recipients.

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Order of the Iron Trefoil
1. SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Artur Phleps genannt Stolz: 1st Class
2. Generalleutnant Werner Sanne: 1st Class
3. Generalleutnant Walter Stettner Ritter von Grabenhofen: 1st Class: 07.08.1943
4. SS-Hauptsturmführer [first name?] Kaiser (Kdr. II./SS-Frw.Geb.Rgt. 13): 4th Class
5. SS-Hauptsturmführer der Reserve Franz-Josef Krombholz: 4th Class: 20.04.1943
6. SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen: 2nd Class
7. Major Michael Pössinger: 3rd Class with Oakleaves: 18.05.1944
8. Oberst Josef Salminger: 2nd Class with Oakleaves: 22.06.1943
9. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Schmidhuber: 2nd Class
10. SS-Sturmbannführer Albert Stenwedel: [class unknown]
11. Kapitänleutnant Dr. jur. Horst Weber: 3rd Class: 11.05.1944
12. SS-Oberführer Arpad Wigand: 4th Class: 20.04.1943; 3rd Class: 15.07.1944

Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir
1. Generalleutnant Eduard Aldrian: 1st Class with Star and Oakleaves
2. Major Friedrich Bader: 2nd Class with Oakleaves: 22.09.1943
3. SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei Hans Baur: 1st Class (Swords and/or Oakleaves?)
4. SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Gottlob Berger: [class and/or embellishments unknown]: 12.7.1943
5. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Polizei Willi Brandner: 1st Class with Star
6. SS-Standartenführer Paul Dahm: 1st Class with Oakleaves
7. Admiral Kurt Fricke: Grand Cross with Swords: 26.09.1942
8. SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei Dipl. Ing. Odilo Globocnik: 1st Class with Star and Swords: 14.11.1944
9. Generalmajor Dipl.Ing. Hans Henrici: 1st Class
10. SS-Oberführer Ernst Hildebrandt: 3rd Class (Swords and/or Oakleaves?)
11. Major Walter Hölz: 3rd Class with Oakleaves: 22.09.1943
12. General der Gebirgstruppe Ferdinand Jodl: 1st Class with Star and Swords: 10.04.1942
13. Major Albert Kaiser: 3rd Class with Swords: 10.04.1943
14. SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei Konstantin Kammerhofer: 1st Class with Swords and Oakleaves
15. Vizeadmiral Gustav Kieseritzky: 1st Class with Swords and Oakleaves: 18.02.1944
16. Hauptmann Ulrich Knauth (Luftwaffe): 2nd Class with Swords: 1942. Note: Knauth was a recipient of the German Cross in Gold: 27.10.1942 and the Italian War Merit Cross (Croche al Valore Militare): 20.11.1941.
17. Oberst Ivan N. Kononov: 1st Class with Oakleaves (commander of Don-Kosaken-Regiment 5 of Generalleutnant Helmuth von Pannwitz’s 1. Kosaken-Kavallerie-Division)
18. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Otto Kumm: 1st Class with Star and Oakleaves: 30.6.1944
19. Oberst Rudolf Lang: 1st Class with Swords: 1941.
20. Vizeadmiral Joachim Lietzmann: 1st Class with Star
21. Generalmajor Hermann Linkenbach: 1st Class with Star and Swords
22. SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei Werner Lorenz: 1st Class with Swords: 00.01.1944
23. SS-Standartenführer Otto Lurker: At least 1st Class with Swords
24. Generalmajor z.V. Rudolf zu der Luth: 1st Class with Star
25. Generalmajor Anton Mayer (Luftwaffe): 1st Class with Swords
26. SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp: 1st Class with Oakleaves: 24.12.1943
27. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Dr. med. Kurt-Peter Müller: 1st Class with Star and Swords: 20.4.1943
28. Possibly Generalleutnant Helmuth von Pannwitz: 1st Class with Star and Swords
29. SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen: 1st Class with Oakleaves
30. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Schmidhuber: 1st Class with Oakleaves
31. Konteradmiral Otto Schulz: 1st Class with Swords
32. Konteradmiral (Ing.) Wilhelm Tackenberg: 1st Class with Star
33. General der Flieger Albert Vierling (Luftwaffe): At least 1st Class with Swords
34. Generalmajor Hermann Voigt-Ruscheweyh (Luftwaffe): 1st Class with Star and Swords
35. Konteradmiral Kurt Weyher: 1st Class with Oakleaves: 17.04.1944
36. SS-Hauptsturmführer Oskar Wolkerstorfer: 3rd Class with Oakleaves: 20.05.1944
37. Admiral Hans-Heinrich Wurmbach: Grand Cross (he is pictured wearing only a breast star in Deutschlands Admirale, 1849-1945, Band 3.)
38. SS-Obersturmbannführer Walter Zimmermann (CO of SS-Pion.Btl. 7): 1st Class with Swords
39. Possibly Generalleutnant Emil Zellner: 1st Class with Star

EDITED: Information/corrections provided by Phil Nix added to lists.

EDITED: Addition/correction to Petersen; Kononov added.
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Post by USAF1986 » 19 Dec 2004 07:55

Hannes (hec801) previously posted a photo of an unknown holder of the Knight’s Cross and the Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir, 3rd Class with Oakleaves. Does anyone recognize him? Thanks!

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... &start=825

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Post by Phil Nix » 19 Dec 2004 11:38

Nr 2 1st Class with Star and Title Ritter
Nr 23 and 24 is the same man
Nr 32 with War decoration
Nr 35 is Walter Zimmermann
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Post by USAF1986 » 19 Dec 2004 16:05

Phil,

Thanks for additions/corrections – lists edited.

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Post by USAF1986 » 19 Dec 2004 16:21

Although not a German, Zastavnik (Feldwebel) Ján Režňák, Slovakia’s leading fighter ace, received the Medal of the Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir in Silver.

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SOURCE: Rajlich, Jiri; Boshniakov, Stephan; Mandjukov, Petko. Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 58: Slovakian and Bulgarian Aces of World War 2. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Oxford, United Kingdom, 2004.

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Post by USAF1986 » 19 Dec 2004 18:46

Hello! Here are a few scans from the source cited featuring unknown holders of the Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir.

The first depicts an SS-Sturmbannführer purportedly from the 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs Division “Prinz Eugen” wearing the 2nd Class (with Oakleaves?) pinned to his right breast. He is also displaying the Badge of Honor of the Bulgarian Infantry below his War Merit Cross, 1st Class with Swords.

The next features a painting of an unknown Oberst from, I believe the 1st Don Cossacks Cavalry Regiment. He is displaying the 1st Class with Oakleaves of the order. I believe the artist was Olaf Jordan from the Staff of Pictorial Artists (Staffel der Bildenden Kunstler)/OKW.

Does anyone recognize these officers? Can anyone translate the Cyrillic writing in the corner of the painting? Thanks for any assistance!

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SOURCE: Littlejohn, David. Foreign Legions of the Third Reich – Volume 4: Poland, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Free India, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia. R. James Bender Publishing, San Jose, California, 1987 (1st Edition).
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