High Seas Fleet Badge

The High Seas Fleet Badge (GermanDas Flottenkriegsabzeichen), also known as High Seas Fleet War Badge, was a World War IIGerman military decoration awarded for service to the crews of the Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet, mainly of the battleships and cruisers, but also those ships that supported them operationally for which there was no other award given. Although the award was instituted in April 1941, it could be awarded for actions that took place prior to this date. It was “primarily in recognition of the sea struggle” against the British fleet.

Description

The medal had an outer gold laurel wreath of oak leaves with the German Eagle at the top, while clutching a swastika. In the center was a “forward sailing battleship” in grey. The badge was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross, if awarded.

Criteria for award

To be eligible to receive the badge one must have 12 weeks service on a battleship or cruiser, with proof of distinction and good conduct. The number of weeks were reduced if one of these conditions were met:

  • If the recipient was wounded or killed during the voyage.
  • Outstanding achievements in a naval engagement.
  • Individual’s ship was sunk in action. (BismarckAdmiral Graf SpeeBlücher)
  • For participation in the sinking of HMS Rawalpindi by Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the sinking of two merchant vessels south of Jan Mayen by Deutschland.
  • All crew members of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau received the award in view of the operational effectiveness of the ships.
  • To every sailor who was present on the Tirpitz when it was bombed and sunk by the British R.A.F. in Tromsø Fjord on 12 November, 1944.

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Why Hitler declared War on the USA

Why did Hitler declare war on the United States in December 1941? The Red Army was counter-attacking on the Eastern Front, the treaty with the Japanese did not require him to declare war and previously he avoided hostilities with the United States repeatedly and instructed particularly the Kriegsmarine to “stand down”. So why did Hitler declare war now? This video features Dr. Klaus Schmider from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst who researched this topics over the last few years.

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U-boat Front Clasp

The U-boat Front Clasp (GermanU-Boot-Frontspange) or U-boat Combat Clasp, was a World War II German Kriegsmarine military decoration awarded to holders of the U-boat War Badge to recognize continued combat service and valor.

History

The award was instituted on 15 May 1944 to bring the U-boat force in line with other branches of the German armed forces, all of which had a similar award to recognize valor. There were no specified merits for earning the award; decoration was based on the recommendations of the U-boat commander and subject to approval by Karl Dönitz. Awards were often due to the number of patrols completed or demonstrations of valor in combat. The clasp was worn on the upper left breast.

Design

Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin submitted the design of the badge, which consisted of a central laurel wreath with a stylized submarine and wings of oak leaves. The wings on either side consisted of six staggered oak leaves (for a total of twelve). Two crossed swords decorated the bottom of the central wreath; the submarine in the middle mimicked the design of the U-Boat War Badge. The wreath integrated an eagle with turned down wings holding a swastika. After the war ended, sailors in Germany could only wear the medal if it did not include National Socialist emblems – in keeping with the German Ordensgesetz. An alternative design with a complete laurel wreath (without eagle and swastika) with a centered submarine emblem exist for this purpose.

Classes

The award was bestowed in two classes. The classes of the badge were manufactured in bronze, or silver.

  • Bronze – the lower grade and awarded based on the number of war patrols, the degree of risks involved in the mission and for personal bravery
  • Silver – on 24 November 1944, the silver class was introduced to further recognize bronze holders with continued merits, increased risk and acts of valor

Source: Wikipedia

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U-boat War Badge

The U-boat War Badge (GermanU-Boot-Kriegsabzeichen) was a German war badge that was awarded to U-boat crew members during World War I and World War II.

History

The U-boat War Badge was originally instituted during the First World War on February 1, 1918. It was awarded to recognize U-boat crews who had completed three war patrols. The badge was worn on the lower left side of the uniform and was oval shaped resembling a wreath of laurel leaves. A submarine lay across the center and the German State Crown (Reichskrone) was inlaid at the top center of the wreath.

On October 13, 1939, the U-boat War Badge was reinstituted. It was very similar to the original badge with the exception of the imperial crown being replaced with a German Eagle above a swastika, and a more modernized submarine now facing towards the left was used. The new version was first made of bronze metal, with later ones made of zinc with a “gold wash”.


Classes

The award was bestowed in two classes:

U-Boat War Badge

There were several ways to be awarded this medal. The most common would be the completion of two or more war patrols. Although the completion of two war patrols might seem a lowly requirement, but a typical U-boat war cruise would often run into months at a time. Completing two war patrols could be equally dangerous as the U-boat has to endure constant attacks by Allied aircraft and warships. The other occasion when this badge was awarded was having been wounded during a patrol or killed in action.

U-boat War Badge with Diamonds

The U-boat War Badge with Diamonds was instituted by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz after he had received from Grand Admiral Erich Raeder a special solid gold version of the U-boat War Badge in which the wreath as well as the swastika were inlaid with diamonds.

The badge was a special issue award given to U-boat commanders who had received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. This version was made of gold plate over silver. Manufactured by the firms Schwerin u. Sohn and Gebr. Godet & Co. It was the same as the basic pattern but with nine small diamonds inlaid in the swastika. This award was more of a personal award by Dönitz. Approximately 30 were awarded, including the original one to Admiral Dönitz.

Recipients of the U-boat War badge with Diamonds

Source: Wikipedia

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Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz (sometimes spelled DoenitzGerman: [ˈdøːnɪts] (listen); 16 September 1891 – 24 December 1980) was a Germanadmiral who briefly succeeded Adolf Hitler as head of state in May 1945, holding the position until the dissolution of the Flensburg Government following Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies days later. As Supreme Commander of the Navy beginning in 1943, he played a major role in the naval history of World War II.

He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before World War I. In 1918, he was commanding UB-68, and was taken prisoner of war by British forces. While in a POW camp, he formulated what he later called Rudeltaktik (“pack tactic”, commonly called “wolfpack”).

By the start of the Second World War, Dönitz was supreme commander of the Kriegsmarine‘s U-boat arm (Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote (BdU)). In January 1943, Dönitz achieved the rank of Großadmiral (grand admiral) and replaced Grand Admiral Erich Raeder as Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. Dönitz was the main enemy of Allied naval forces in the Battle of the Atlantic. From 1939 to 1943 the U-boats fought effectively but lost the initiative from May 1943. Dönitz ordered his submarines into battle until 1945 to relieve the pressure on other branches of the Wehrmacht (armed forces). 648 U-boats were lost—429 with no survivors. Furthermore, of these, 215 were lost on their first patrol. Around 30,000 of the 40,000 men who served in U-boats perished.

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Karl Dönitz Speech to the German People – 1 May 1945

In his testament, Hitler made Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, the Chief of the German Navy since 1943, his successor as President of the Reich. Dönitz announced this via Radio during a Broadcast from May 1st, 1945, which was broadcasted from Hamburg.

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Karl Dönitz (sometimes spelled DoenitzGerman: [ˈdøːnɪts] (listen); 16 September 1891 – 24 December 1980) was a Germanadmiral who briefly succeeded Adolf Hitler as head of state in May 1945, holding the position until the dissolution of the Flensburg Government following Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies days later. As Supreme Commander of the Navy beginning in 1943, he played a major role in the naval history of World War II.

He began his career in the Imperial German Navy before World War I. In 1918, he was commanding UB-68, and was taken prisoner of war by British forces. While in a POW camp, he formulated what he later called Rudeltaktik (“pack tactic”, commonly called “wolfpack”).

By the start of the Second World War, Dönitz was supreme commander of the Kriegsmarine‘s U-boat arm (Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote (BdU)). In January 1943, Dönitz achieved the rank of Großadmiral (grand admiral) and replaced Grand Admiral Erich Raeder as Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. Dönitz was the main enemy of Allied naval forces in the Battle of the Atlantic. From 1939 to 1943 the U-boats fought effectively but lost the initiative from May 1943. Dönitz ordered his submarines into battle until 1945 to relieve the pressure on other branches of the Wehrmacht (armed forces). 648 U-boats were lost—429 with no survivors. Furthermore, of these, 215 were lost on their first patrol. Around 30,000 of the 40,000 men who served in U-boats perished.

Read more at Wikipedia

The Naval Academy Mürwik (GermanMarineschule Mürwik) is the main training establishment for all German Navy officers and in 1910 replaced the German Imperial Naval Academy in Kiel. ( which is now the seat of government or ”Landeshaus” of Schleswig-Holstein).

It is located at Mürwik which is a part of Germany’s northernmost city, Flensburg. Built on a small hill directly by the coast, it overlooks the Flensburg Fjord.

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Flensburg (German pronunciation: [ˈflɛnsbʊʁk] (listen); DanishLow SaxonFlensborgNorth FrisianFlansborjSouth JutlandicFlensborre) is an independent town (kreisfreie Stadt) in the north of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is the centre of the region of Southern Schleswig. After Kiel and Lübeck, it is the third largest town in Schleswig-Holstein.

The nearest larger towns are Kiel (86 kilometres (53 miles) south) and Odense in Denmark (92 km (57 mi) northeast). Flensburg’s city centre lies about 7 km (4 mi) from the Danish border.

Flensburg is situated in the north of the German state Schleswig-Holstein, very close to the German-Danish border. After Westerland on the island of Sylt it is Germany’s northernmost town. Flensburg lies at the innermost tip of the Flensburg Firth, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. Flensburg’s eastern shore is part of the Anglia peninsula.

Clockwise from the northeast, beginning at the German shore of the Flensburg Firth, the following communities in Schleswig-Flensburg district and Denmark‘s Southern Denmark Region all border on Flensburg:

Glücksburg (Amt-free town), Wees (Amt Langballig), MaasbüllHürupTastrup and Freienwill (all in Amt Hürup), Jarplund-WedingHandewitt (Amt Handewitt), Harrislee (Amt-free community) and Aabenraa Municipality on the Danish shore of the Flensburg Firth.

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Flensburg was founded at the latest by 1200 at the innermost end of the Flensburg Firth by Danish settlers, who were soon joined by German merchants. In 1284, its town rights were confirmed and the town quickly rose to become one of the most important in the Duchy of Schleswig. Unlike Holstein, however, Schleswig did not belong to the German Holy Roman Empire. Therefore, Flensburg was not a member of the Hanseatic League, but it did maintain contacts with this important trading network.

Between 1460 and 1864, Flensburg was, after Copenhagen, the second biggest port in the Kingdom of Denmark, but it passed to the Kingdom of Prussia after the Second Schleswig War in 1864.

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The Danish minority in Flensburg and the surrounding towns run their own schools, libraries and Lutheran churches from which the German majority is not excluded. The co-existence of these two groups is considered a sound and healthy symbiosis. There is a form of mixed Danish–German used on the ferries, Petuh.

There is also a Danish Consulate-General in Flensburg.

In Denmark, Flensburg seems to be mainly known for its “border shops” where, among other things, spiritsbeer and candy can be purchased at cheaper prices than in Denmark. The prices are lower because the value-added tax is lower and excise taxes are either lower (e.g. on alcohol) or do not exist (on e.g. sugar). Currently the border shops are able to sell canned beer to persons resident in Scandinavia without paying deposits as long as the beverage is not consumed in Germany.

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Last Wehrmacht Report – 9 May 1945

The Wehrmacht report was a daily report by the OKW, the German Army High Command, from the first day of WWII to the End.

It was generally a rather neutral report, that, unlike other german reports of that time, was not completly filled with Propaganda, although it did sometimes omitt losses or exaggerate own victories.

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Short Interview with Hans-Ulrich Rudel – March 1945

Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most successful German ground attack pilot, and probably the most successful ground attack pilot in the entire history. He flew 2530 combat missions, where he destroyed 519 tanks, heavily damaged the Soviet battleship Marat, sunk the cruiser Petropavlovsk and the destroyer Minsk, and more than 70 landing crafts. Additionally, hes destroyed hundreds of trucks, gun emplacements etc.

He was also the only Soldier to have ever been awarded the Knight’s Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds.

He was shot down over 30 times, but survived the war and moved to Argentinia in 1948.

He died in 1982 and is burried in Dornhausen, Germany.

This Interview was held after he was shot down on February 25th, 1945, while attacking Soviet tanks that crossed the Oder River.

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From Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt. 👇

Hans-Ulrich Rudel in 1945 (Adolf Galland in the background)

Hans-Ulrich Rudel (2 July 1916 – 18 December 1982) was a German ground-attack pilot during World War II and a post-war neo-Nazi activist.

The most decorated German pilot of the war and the only recipient of the Knight’s Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, Rudel was credited with the destruction of 519 tanks, one battleship, one cruiser, 70 landing craft and 150 artillery emplacements. He claimed 51 aerial victories and the destruction of more than 800 vehicles. He flew 2,530 ground-attack missions exclusively on the Eastern Front, usually flying the Junkers Ju 87 “Stuka” dive bomber.

Rudel surrendered to US forces in 1945 and emigrated to Argentina. An unrepentant Nazi, he helped fugitives escape to Latin America and the Middle East, and sheltered Josef Mengele, the former SS doctor at Auschwitz. He worked as an arms dealer to several right-wing regimes in South America, for which he was placed under observation by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

In the West German federal election of 1953, Rudel was the top candidate for the far-right German Reich Party but was not elected. Following the fall of Perón, Rudel moved to Paraguay, where he acted as a foreign representative for several German companies.

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On 8 February 1945, Rudel was badly wounded in the right foot, and landed inside German lines as his radio operator shouted flight instructions. Rudel’s leg was amputated below the knee. He returned to flying on 25 March 1945. He claimed 26 more tanks destroyed by the end of the war. On 19 April 1945, the day before Hitler’s final birthday, Rudel met with Hitler in the Führerbunker at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin. On 8 May 1945, Rudel fled westward from an airfield near Prague, landing in US controlled territory, and surrendered. The Americans refused to hand him over to the Soviet Union.

Read more at Wikipedia

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Interview with Michael Wittmann – June 1944

Michael Wittmann was one of the most famous German tank commanders of the Second World War. With 138 tank kills, he was the 5th most succesfull German tank ace. He was also excessively featured in German Propaganda, shown in Newsreels and featured in radio broadcasts like this one, which was recorded shortly after the Battle of Villers-Bocage on 13 June 1944, where he destroyed 14 tanks, 15 personnel carriers and two anti-tank guns within 15 minutes, while being alone with his Tiger tank.

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The grave of Michael Wittmann and his tank crew in 2007.

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Interview with Night Fighter Ace Reinhold Knacke – June 1942

Reinhold Knacke was a German night fighter Ace. Joining the Air Force in 1937, he took part in the Battle of France, initially as a day fighter, before joining the first dedicated German Night Fighter Unit, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 (1st Night Fighter Wing). He shot down his first enemy plane, a Wellington, on 5:50 am on 9th March 1941. He would go on to shoot down 44 British planes, almost all of them being Bombers.

He had a reputation for attacking several enemy planes in one night, even when his own BF 110 was already damaged.

He was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross on July 1st, 1942, and also the German Cross in Gold on April 14th, 1942. Knacke was appointed Squadron Leader of the 1st Squadron of the 1st Night Fighter Wing on April 1st, 1942.

On February 3rd, 1943, Knacke shot down two enemy planes- a Stirling and a Halifax. The Stirling that he shot down carried an H2S airborne ground scanning radar, and it remained almost completly intact when the Stirling crashed. This was the first time german engineers got their hands on this brand new radar. Knacke was shot down by the tail gunner of the Halifax bomber, and while his radio operator managed to bail out of the aircraft, Knacke died.

He was posthumously awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, and is burried at the German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn.

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The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often known unofficially as the Me 110, is a twin-engine Zerstörer (Destroyer, heavy fighter), fighter-bomber (Jagdbomber or Jabo), and night fighter (Nachtjäger) developed in Germany in the 1930s and used by the Luftwaffe during World War IIHermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110, believing its heavy armament, speed, and range would make the Bf 110 the Luftwaffe’s premier offensive fighter. Early variants were armed with two MG FF 20 mm cannon, four 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns, and one 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine gun for defence (later variants would replace the MG FFs with MG 151s and the rear gunner station would be armed with the twin-barreled MG 81Z). Development work on an improved type to replace the Bf 110 – the Messerschmitt Me 210 – began before the war started, but its teething troubles resulted in the Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war in various roles. Its intended replacements, the aforementioned Me 210 and the significantly improved Me 410 Hornisse never fully replaced the Bf 110.

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