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German World War II GRANDADMIRAL

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German World War II GRANDADMIRAL

Unread postby ELSUPREMO » Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:47 am

The grade of Grandadmiral of the German Navy was denoted by crossed Grandadmiral's batons in silver metal attached to an interlaced triple cord underlay of gold-silver-gold. This is of note as Field Marshals of the Luftwaffe (AirForce) and Heer (Army) initially wore gold-silver-gold interlaced cords, replaced in April, 1941 by gold-gold-gold. This triple gold interlaced cord pattern was never used for the Grandadmiral, first Erich Raeder and then in 1943, Karl Doenitz, the last Grandadmiral and Hitler's successor as President of the Reich and Commander-in-Chief of the German Armed Forces, posts he held for two weeks until his surrender. He never took, and never wanted to take the title of Fuhrer, reserved for Hitler alone as he did not want to have his name associated with that title. The Grandadmiral insignia was among the rarest of all in the Third Reich as only two men ever wore it, as mentioned.
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