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Dönitz, Karl

Date of birth:
September 16th, 1891 (Berlin-Grünau, Germany)
Date of death:
December 24th, 1980 (Aumühle, Germany)
Nationality:
German

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1935
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 27th, 1940
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Konteradmiral
Unit:
Befehlshaber der U-Boote (BdU)
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1940
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1941
Ordine Militare di Savoia -Commander
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Großadmiral (Admiral)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber Der Kriegsmarine / Befehlshaber der U-Boote
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1943
Details:
223rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1943
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1943
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 2
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 11th, 1943
Kyuokujitsu sho, 1st Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1943
Details:
The awarding of this decoration is uncertain. Dönitz was supposed to have received it in an exchange, where Hermann Göring was supposed to have received the U-boot Kriegsabzeichen mit Brillianten. In correspondence with Christopher Ailsby, Karl Dönitz stated he had no recollection of the exchange.
Gemeinsames Flugzeugfuhrer-Beobachter Abzeichen mit Brillianten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1944
Goldenes Parteiabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Großadmiral
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1944
Details:
Version with swords.
Vapaudenristin Suurristi (VR SR / VR SR mk)

Sources

  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Kurowski F., Knight’s Cross Holders of the U-Boat Service, Schiffer Publishing, 1995
    - das-ritterkreuz.de

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