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A large size photo of the inauguration of the Naval Monument al Laboe near Kiel, with about a dozen of active and retired admirals present.

Interesting to see that retired admirals wear the imperial insignia, and the active/reserve admirals the newly intruduced insignia of the Third Reich.

Who are these admirals that we see?

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The nearest officer, wearing the sash of the Crown Order 1st Class with Swords, appears to be Admiral Ehrhardt Schmidt, 1863-1946.

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Great photo. Most should be identifiable as they are pictured in the Germany Navy Admirals book.

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Thanks Dave, I have numbered them, so it is easier to make references.

Yes Paul, I have the trilogy on German Admirals, but it is very hard to tell who is who in this photo.

The books do not reveal the orders and decorations of the individual admirals, which could be helpful to identify these men.

Perhaps the photo, or a similar photo was published in a book or newspaper, with the names of the admirals.

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No.6 has been identified as Vizeadmiral Von Trotha, he would be speaching on the 30th May.

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No.1 is probably Korvettenkapitän a.D. Ernst Hintzmann, the President (Bundesführer) of the NS Deutscher Marine-Bund, wearing the uniform of the NSDMB.

The monument was erected due to the effords of his organisation.

Away from the camera, is this Korvettenkapitän in a Kriegsmarine uniform.

He sports an amazing chest of medals and decorations (in 2 rows!) and could be recognized for that reason.

Does any one have an idea?

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Thanks Uwe, I thought so (I have a couple of signed photos of him), but dismissed the thought because I could not find evidence that the transfered into the Kriegsmarine.

So this is him, wearing the Kriegmarine uniform...

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Hello Number 12 looks like konteradmiral Magnus von Levetzow .

6 minutes ago, Bayern said:

Hello Number 12 looks like konteradmiral Magnus von Levetzow .

correction : von Levetzow is the number 10 ,

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6 hours ago, Bayern said:

Hello Number 12 looks like konteradmiral Magnus von Levetzow .

correction : von Levetzow is the number 10 ,

This is what I managed to ID. 

3 Admiral Ehrhard Schmidt (1863-1946)
4 Admiral Paul Behncke (1866-1937) 
6 Vizeadmiral Adolf von Trotha (1868-1940)
7 Vizeadmiral Friedrich Boedicker (1866-1944)
8 Vizeadmiral Wilhelm Souchon (1864-1946)
9 Vizeadmiral Ludwig von Reuter (1869-1943)
10 Konteradmiral Magnus von Levetzow (1871-1939)
11 Konteradmiral Max Bastian (1883-1958)
13 Korvettenkapitän Felix Graf von Luckner (1881-1966) 

I'm missing numbers 1,2,5 and 12... Any ideas?

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Number 1 appears to be a Marine beamte perhaps a chaplain .note his mutze with plain leather visor and chincords in place of the leather chinstrap of the line officers of the Kriegsmarine.

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