Wolfram, Eberhard

Date of birth:
July 24th, 1882 (Gerbstedt/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
January 6th, 1947 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Eberhard Wolfram reached the rank of Vizeadmiral in the Kriegsmarine.

Military career:
19.04.01 Fähnrich zur See
27.09.03 Leutnant zur See
10.06.05 Oberleutnant zur See
20.04.10 Kapitänleutnant
21.09.14 Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse
18.09.15 Eisernes Kreuz I.Klasse
14.02.19 Ritterkreuz mit Schwertern des Kgl. Hausordens von Hohenzollern
29.11.19 Korvettenkapitän
01.04.25 Fregattenkapitän
01.01.28 Kapitän zur See
31.01.31 char. Konteradmiral
08.12.39 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz II.Klasse
01.02.40 Konteradmiral
30.05.40 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz I.Klasse
25.05.41 Ritterkreuz als Befh.d.Sicherung d. Nordsee
01.07.43 Vizeadmiral z.V.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1916
Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
February 14th, 1919
Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 8th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Konteradmiral (Commodore)
Unit:
Befehshaber der Sicherung der Nordsee, Kriegsmarine (Bevelhebber van de beveiliging Noordzee)
Awarded on:
May 25th, 1941
Action:
Wolfram was awarded the Knight's Cross due to achievements outlined in the German press, dated 02.06.1941...
"Vizeadmiral Wolfram, Commander of the North Sea Security Forces, has achieved much with his subordinate light naval forces. In the last three weeks alone, 18 enemy aircraft have been shot down and 7 damaged. Due to his wealth of personal experience from the last war and his tremendous energy (which he has demonstrated during the changed situation in coastal waters during the present war) he has managed to raise an excellent fighting spirit in his forces, allowing them to reach for the highest possible achievements. Vizeadmiral Wolfram himself has participated in numerous front-line sorties wherever difficult tasks required his personal involvement. Especially in recent times he has personally participated in operations among his forward units with the intent of testing new ways to defend against low-flying aircraft. The award of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Vizeadmiral Wolfram must at the same time be considered an achievement of the naval forces subordinate to him as well."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - DÖRR, MANFRED, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehmacht 1939–1945, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück, 1996.
    - Dörr, Manfred (1996). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2: L–Z, p.361. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2497-2. - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile, p.452. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.