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Bonte, Friedrich

Date of birth:
October 19th, 1896 (Potsdam, Germany)
Date of death:
April 10th, 1940 ("Wilhelm Heidekamp"/Narvik, Norway)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Luitenant ter Zee 1e Klasse)
Unit:
Adjudant der Kommandeur Baltische See Kommando
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1935
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Luitenant ter Zee 1e Klasse)
Unit:
Adjudant der Kommandeur Baltische See Kommando
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Luitenant ter Zee 1e Klasse)
Unit:
Adjudant der Kommandeur Baltische See Kommando
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Luitenant ter Zee 1e Klasse)
Unit:
Adjudant der Kommandeur Baltische See Kommando
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  2. Klasse, 18 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Luitenant ter Zee 1e Klasse)
Unit:
Adjudant der Kommandeur Baltische See Kommando
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Fregattenkapitän (Kapitein-luitenant ter Zee)
Unit:
Kommandeur der 2. Zerstörerflottille
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1938
Magyar Érdemrend Középkeresztje
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitän zur See (Kapitein ter Zee)
Unit:
Kommandeur der 2. Zerstörerflottille
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kommodore (Kapitein ter Zee)
Unit:
Kommandeur der Zerstörer
Awarded on:
November 13th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kommodore (Kapitein ter Zee)
Unit:
Kommandeur der Zerstörer
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1940
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kommodore (Kapitein ter Zee)
Unit:
Kommandeur der Zerstörer
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1940
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitän zur See (Captain Royal Navy)
Unit:
Führer der Zerstörer und Kampfgruppe Narvik
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1940
Awarded for his achievements during the Norwegian Campaign. He was the man who led Gruppe Narvik, one of the most contentious engagements of this particular theatre. He had the most difficult mission of all the German naval groups, being tasked with carrying General Dietl and his Gebirgsjäger on a 1200 knot journey through the British-dominated North Sea and into Narvik. However he was able to land these men near Narvik successfully, and he went down fighting during the subsequent naval combat with the British fleet.
Awarded Posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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