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Hello Gentlemen.

I am new to this forum as of this morning. I come seeking knowledge! :blush:

I have searched the internet for a picture of Admiral Hans-Heinrich Wurmbach wearing his ribbon bar and/or medal bar ordensspange.

Also if anyone can help me identify which awards he posessed, that too would be helpful. :cheers: I know he had both Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd class, bit after that i am at a loss. :speechless:

Can any of you gents help me in this search?

All information is greatly appreciated,

My thanks,

Paul

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Admiral zur See Wurmbach (1891-1965) had the German Cross in Gold and what appears to have been the WW2 Grand Cross of the Croat Order of Zvonimir from his portrait in "Deutschlands Admirale."

During the First War he received both classes of Iron Cross, the L?beck Hanseatic Cross, 1918 Uboat Badge, Austro-Hungarian Military Merit Cross (?M3K), and Turkish War Medal Star aka "Iron Half Moon."

Unfortunately, whatever foreign awards he must have acquired during the world tour of the "Emden" in the 1920s were not shown in Reichsmarine Rank Lists, which do not list foreign peacetime awards. :(

He wore two rows of ribbons, so there must have been an interesting assortment of those!

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Admiral zur See Wurmbach (1891-1965) had the German Cross in Gold and what appears to have been the WW2 Grand Cross of the Croat Order of Zvonimir from his portrait in "Deutschlands Admirale."

During the First War he received both classes of Iron Cross, the L?beck Hanseatic Cross, 1918 Uboat Badge, Austro-Hungarian Military Merit Cross (?M3K), and Turkish War Medal Star aka "Iron Half Moon."

Unfortunately, whatever foreign awards he must have acquired during the world tour of the "Emden" in the 1920s were not shown in Reichsmarine Rank Lists, which do not list foreign peacetime awards. :(

He wore two rows of ribbons, so ther must have been an interesting assortment of those!

Hello Rick Research,

Thank you for commenting. The world tour of the Emden? What is this? Is Emden not a port in Germany? Which countries would he have passed through?

Would these be the only awards on his medal bar then, the ones you listed? Or would some of those unknown foreign awards feature on it too? How likely is it that they the foreign awards were mounted along side his German and Austrian awards?

Thank you again,

Paul

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http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emden_(1925)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Emden

was a member of marinebrigade ehrhardt

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine-Brigade_Ehrhardt

Wurmbach, Hans-Heinrich Kpt.z.S. 12.05.1891-16.12.1965

10.38 - 10.39 Kdt. Admiral Scheer DKG: 18.12.43 als Komm.Adm.D?nemark

http://www.deutsche-kriegsschiffe.de/Schiffe/panzerschiffe/kommandanten.htm

try to use google

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http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emden_(1925)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cruiser_Emden

was a member of marinebrigade ehrhardt

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine-Brigade_Ehrhardt

Wurmbach, Hans-Heinrich Kpt.z.S. 12.05.1891-16.12.1965

10.38 - 10.39 Kdt. Admiral Scheer DKG: 18.12.43 als Komm.Adm.D?nemark

http://www.deutsche-kriegsschiffe.de/Schiffe/panzerschiffe/kommandanten.htm

try to use google

Yes, thank you. Have been doing some searching. The period that Wurmbach was on board the Emden, the ship travelled through: "(14. November 1926 bis 14. M?rz 1928): Atlantik, Kapstadt, Cocos-Inseln, Japan, Alaska, Kap Hoorn, Rio de Janeiro, Azoren, Spanien."

"From the period October 1926 ? 29th March 1933 she acted as a training ship, which included five international voyages."

So from this can we determine which peace-time awards he may have received?

Also, can some one post a pic of the ribbon bar Rick Research described?

Thank you,

Paul

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Yes, thank you. Have been doing some searching. The period that Wurmbach was on board the Emden, the ship travelled through: "(14. November 1926 bis 14. M?rz 1928): Atlantik, Kapstadt, Cocos-Inseln, Japan, Alaska, Kap Hoorn, Rio de Janeiro, Azoren, Spanien."

"From the period October 1926 ? 29th March 1933 she acted as a training ship, which included five international voyages."

So from this can we determine which peace-time awards he may have received?

Also, can some one post a pic of the ribbon bar Rick Research described?

Thank you,

Paul

as a member of marinebrigade ehrhardt he may have some freikorps decorations

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as a member of marinebrigade ehrhardt he may have some freikorps decorations

If he did have any they must not have been allowed to be worn in the Third Reich. Don't think he ahd the Silesian Eagle award......can ANYONE post the picture please?? :unsure:

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There IS no photo that I know of with his ribbon bars showing. The portrait in his "Deutschlands Admirale" is from his right side, "showing" only that he HAD two rows of ribbons-- and not a single visible clue what any of them are.

Rick, from your first comment, how was i supposed to know that?? :rolleyes:

Would he have mounted these unknown peace-time awards on his medal bar? Or just have left it at the Austrian Decoration?

Can you post this picture anyway so we can have a look at him?

Paul

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