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Hungarian award of Kriegsmarine Admiral Paul Fanger?

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Hello, I have this photo of Paul Fanger, here as Vizeadmiral.

I was told the award around the neck could be the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Can anyone confirm this? I would also like to know the exact class of the award.

The breast star he is wearing next to the War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords seems to be the Spanish Order of Naval Merit.


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Paul Fanger (3) - Copy.jpg

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Yes, it is likely to be the Hungarian Order of Merit, Commander class.

I have found another photo of Paul Fanger, already as admiral with, I think, the same breast star. It is clearly visible here that this is the star of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Of course, the star on the first photo can be of a different order and then it can be that of the Spanish Order of Naval Merit (con distintivo blanco) as well.


Edited by Lukasz Gaszewski

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Thank you Lukasz. Yes, the photo you posted shows him with the Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy (around the neck and breast star).

On my photo, I'm sure the breast star is the Spanish Order of Naval Merit.

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