PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Dönitz, Karl
Date of birth: September 16th, 1891 (Berlin-Grünau, Germany)
Date of death:  December 24th, 1980 (Aumühle, Germany)
Nationality:  German
     
EHRENKREUZ FÜR FRONTKÄMPFER
Awarded on: January 30th, 1935
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 1.KLASSE, 25 JAHRE
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1936
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 2ER KLASSE 1914
Awarded on: September 18th, 1939
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 1ER KLASSE 1914
Awarded on: December 20th, 1939
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
Awarded on: December 20th, 1939
 
     
U-BOOT KRIEGSABZEICHEN (OHNE BRILLIANTEN)
Awarded on: February 27th, 1940
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Konteradmiral
Unit: Befehlshaber der U-Boote (BdU)
Awarded on: April 21st, 1940
 
     
ORDINE MILITARE DI SAVOIA -COMMANDER
Awarded on: November 9th, 1941
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Großadmiral (Admiral)
Unit: Oberbefehlshaber Der Kriegsmarine / Befehlshaber der U-Boote
Awarded on: April 6th, 1943
Details: 223rd Award.
 
     
ORDINUL MIHAI VITEAZUL CLASA 3
Awarded on: April 12th, 1943
 
     
ORDINUL MIHAI VITEAZUL CLASA 2
Awarded on: April 12th, 1943
 
     
KYUOKUJITSU SHO, 1ST CLASS
Awarded on: September 11th, 1943
 
     
GEMEINSAMES FLUGZEUGFUHRER-BEOBACHTER ABZEICHEN MIT BRILLIANTEN
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.
 
     
GOLDENES PARTEIABZEICHEN
Awarded on: January 30th, 1944
 
     
VAPAUDENRISTIN SUURRISTI (VR SR / VR SR MK)
Rank: Großadmiral
Awarded on: April 11th, 1944
Details: Version with swords.
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Wilco Vermeer
Information source(s):   - 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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