Palmgreen, Karl

Date of birth:
September 2nd, 1891 (Stralsund, Germany)
Date of death:
September 16th, 1970 (Göttingen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän z.V. (Lieutenant-Commander)
Unit:
Commander Sperrbrecher IX und I
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his achievements as a minesweeper commander. He oversaw such missions at the mouth of the Elbe, the English channel and the Bay of Biscay. Following the Battle of France he and his units were the first to clear the coastal routes from Lorient and Brest free from enemy mines. Palmgreen also distinguished himself through the escorting of convoys and in defense against enemy torpedo planes.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän der Reserve z.V. (Lieutenant-Commander of Reserves)
Unit:
38. Minensuchflotille
Awarded on:
July 11th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded primarily for the efforts of his flotilla in the area of the Allied invasion both before and after D-Day. Here his flotilla participated in the clearing of allied mine barriers, which permitted the light naval forces of the Kriegsmarine to launch attacks against the Allied fleet. Prior to this he also helped contribute to the naval supply of Tunis as Chief of Staff to the Italian Coastal Commander of Naples.
Details:
523rd award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 8th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914

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