Thiele, August

Date of birth:
August 26th, 1893 (Charlottenburg/Eastprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
March 31st, 1981 (Mölln/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
April 12th, 1913: Fähnrich zur See;
March 22nd, 1915: Leutnant zur See;
December 25th, 1917: Oberleutnant zur See;
June 1st, 1922: Kapitänleutnant;
October 1st, 1930: Korvettenkapitän;
October 1st, 1935: Fregattenkapitän;
April 1st, 1937: Kapitän zur See;
April 1st, 1941: Konteradmiral;
April 1st, 1943: Vizeadmiral.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1937
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 15th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Flotten-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitän zur See (Captain Royal Navy)
Unit:
Kommandant, schwerer Kreuzer "Lützow", Kriegmarine
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his role in the capture of Oslo during operation Weserübung. He took over leadership of the German Gruppe 5 after the sinking of the heavy cruiser "Blücher", reorganizing it and redirecting the German ships to land at Sonsbukten to allow the occupation of the city to eventually take place.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Vizeadmiral (Rear-admiral)
Unit:
Befehlshaber, Kampfgruppe Thiele, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
March 9th, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Vizeadmiral (Rear-admiral)
Unit:
Befehlshaber, Kampfgruppe Thiele, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
April 8th, 1945
Action:
Awarded for the leadership of his naval group in the last months of the war, where it supported German ground forces in the Baltic states and East Prussia with naval gunfire. During this time Thiele personally led 34 such missions, and these were of invaluable aid to the German defensive efforts and facilitated the evacuation of tens of thousands of soldiers and refugees from these areas.
Details:
824th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1945
Marine Frontspange

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