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I think it is the Commander's Cross of the Military Order of Savoy.  

Regards Eddie

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58 minutes ago, Taz said:

I think it is the Commander's Cross of the Military Order of Savoy.  

Regards Eddie

Thanks.

Could it also be the Commander's Cross of the Order of the Saints Maurice and Lazarus?

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It's not Mo and Laz the points of the cross are the wrong shape definitely Savoy.

 

Paul

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Although image quite blurred, agree with Eddie & Paul.  Not at all likely the few other awards having a similar shape/color like Bulgar Civil Merit or Manchukuo Auspicious Clouds.

Are the other two gents Italians?

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52 minutes ago, 922F said:

Although image quite blurred, agree with Eddie & Paul.  Not at all likely the few other awards having a similar shape/color like Bulgar Civil Merit or Manchukuo Auspicious Clouds.

Are the other two gents Italians?

They are Italians yes.

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Probably, given apparent shape of the suspension crown & Italian officers standing by.

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I'd humbly suggest the Commander's Cross of the Order of St. Maurice and Lazarus...

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You may be correct E, however, Busch & Röll [Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945] list Military Order of Savoy Commander's Cross (7 November 1941) but not a Maurice & Lazarus of any grade.  One might think he would have had M & L but given the Military Order of Savoy's higher prestige/rank would expect that’s the one he would wear. 

Busch & Röll may be incomplete.  In the 1980's a Bulgarian report on King Boris' funeral indicated that both Dönitz & Keitel received a Bulgarian star & sash set before the ceremonies.  Do not remember exactly what decoration or if this is reported/verified elsewhere.  Given their ranks would expect probably St. Alexander GC or lst class but who knows if this account is accurate or the actual award.   If true then Dönitz could have also had a Maurice & Lazarus commander, if not Grand Cross.

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I would expect that were Donitz to have been awarded a Mo and Laz it would have been a GC. The Savoy was awarded much more sparingly

 

Paul

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Rommel's Savoy Order

On 20/01/2019 at 07:10, 922F said:

You may be correct E, however, Busch & Röll [Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945] list Military Order of Savoy Commander's Cross (7 November 1941) but not a Maurice & Lazarus of any grade.  One might think he would have had M & L but given the Military Order of Savoy's higher prestige/rank would expect that’s the one he would wear. 

Busch & Röll may be incomplete.  In the 1980's a Bulgarian report on King Boris' funeral indicated that both Dönitz & Keitel received a Bulgarian star & sash set before the ceremonies.  Do not remember exactly what decoration or if this is reported/verified elsewhere.  Given their ranks would expect probably St. Alexander GC or lst class but who knows if this account is accurate or the actual award.   If true then Dönitz could have also had a Maurice & Lazarus commander, if not Grand Cross.

A few years ago I saw an auction of the photo of Boris III's funeral on ebay. I saved his picture. Although I like it very much, I don't have the money to buy him. I hope these pictures can help you, even though they have sellers' doodles.

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1812 thank you for the above images!

The 4th funeral image depicts Keitel wearing what appears to be a St. Alexander star, maybe Grand Cross with swords through the center.  Conceivably, he received a St. Alexander in 1941-2 when he liaised closely with the Bulgarians during the Balkan Campaign.  That possibility leaves open what, if any, Bulgarian award with star he and Dönitz may have received at the funeral.  

Image 7 angle seems to show Dönitz with a Romanian Michael the Brave and pinback awards but in image 5 Dönitz does not appear to wear these.   Suspect that apparent image 7 awards actually relate to the Romanian officer in image 7 back standing behind and to left of Dönitz.   

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48 minutes ago, 922F said:

1812 thank you for the above images!

The 4th funeral image depicts Keitel wearing what appears to be a St. Alexander star, maybe Grand Cross with swords through the center.  Conceivably, he received a St. Alexander in 1941-2 when he liaised closely with the Bulgarians during the Balkan Campaign.  That possibility leaves open what, if any, Bulgarian award with star he and Dönitz may have received at the funeral.  

Image 7 angle seems to show Dönitz with a Romanian Michael the Brave and pinback awards but in image 5 Dönitz does not appear to wear these.   Suspect that apparent image 7 awards actually relate to the Romanian officer in image 7 back standing behind and to left of Dönitz.   

These 3 photos show Grossadmiral Erich Raeder. I can't see Dönitz on any of the photos.

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Mea Culpa--too old eyes and faulty memory.

Last 2 photos seem to show Raeder with a ribbon bar and pin back awards.  Boris' bio Crown of Thorns reports "...Field Marshal Keitel and Grand Admiral Dönitz headed the German delegation", p 384.  I find no mention of Boris' funeral in Dönitz' autobiography.  It would seem extremely unusual that both Dönitz and Raeder would attend so CoT likely seems wrong!   Raeder reportedly received the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Alexander with swords on September 3, 1941.  It looks like the Bulgarian report claiming that both Dönitz & Keitel received a Bulgarian star & sash set before Boris' funeral ceremonies was completely incorrect!  
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY3A1x3ZH2Q at 1:15 3:02 certainly looks like Raeder wearing a St. Alexander GC star with Keital in background!   See also 04621.jpg 

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