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    Gentlemen, this is what I have on Franz Ritter von Hipper, any additions or corrections would be great. Thanks! 


    15 April 1881 Kadett (Officer Candidate; Crew 81)

    ... Among others, the later admirals Richard Eckermann, Konrad Trummler, Friedrich Schultz, Karl Zimmermann, Christian Schütz and Wilhelm Sthamer belonged to this Crew.

    16 May 1882 Seekadett (Officer Cadet)

    21 November 1884 Unterleutnant zur See (2nd Lieutenant) without Patent

    19 December 1885 Patent received

    23 June 1888 Leutnant zur See (1st Lieutenant)

    14 January 1895 Kapitänleutnant (Lieutenant Captain) subject to patentability (Vorbehalt der Patentierung)

    11 November 1895 Patent received with Rank Seniority (RDA) from 14 Januar 1895

    10 June 1901 Korvettenkapitän (Corvette Captain – Lieutenant Commander)

    5 April 1905 Fregattenkapitän (Frigate Captain – Commander)

    6 April 1907 Kapitän zur See (Captain at Sea – Captain)

    27 January 1912 Konteradmiral (Rear Admiral)

    17 June 1915 Vizeadmiral (Vice Admiral)

    11 August 1918 Admiral

    ... He resigned from his post on 30 November 1918, was granted leave of absence until 13 December 1918, and then, at his request, was put at disposal (de facto retired).


    Prussian Centenary Medal 1897 (Zentenarmedaille)

    Red Eagle Order (Roter Adlerorden), 4th Class

    Military Merit Order (Bavaria), Knight's Cross 1st Class (BMV3a)

    Imperial Russian Sankt-Stanislaus-Orden, II. Klasse (RSt2)

    Prussian Long Service Cross for 25 years (Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz; DA)

    Crown to his Red Eagle Order 4th Class

    Order of the White Falcon (Hausorden vom Weißen Falken), Knight's Cross 1st Class (GSF3a)

    Prussian Order of the Crown (Preußischer Kronenorden), 3rd Class

    Military Merit Order (Bavaria), 3rd Class (BMV3)

    Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav, Commander II. Class (NO2b)

    Russian Order of Saint Anna (Sankt-Annen-Orden), 2nd Class (RA2)

    Red Eagle Order, 3rd Class with the Bow (mit der Schleife)

    Prussian Order of the Crown, 2nd Class

    Military Merit Order (Bavaria), 2nd Class (BMV2)

    Bronze Prinzregent Luitpold Medal on the anniversary medal ribbon from 1911 (BLM3J) on 12 April 1913

    Red Eagle Order, 2nd Class with Oak Leaves



    Iron Cross (1914), 2nd and 1st Class

    Oldenburg Friedrich-August-Kreuz, Second and First Class (OFA1/OK1)

    Military Merit Order (Württemberg), Commander (WMV2)

    Star and Swords to his Military Merit Order (Bavaria) 2nd Class (BMV2mSt⚔)

    Pour le Mérite on 5 June 1916 as Vice Admiral

    Military Order of Max Joseph, Commander's Cross (BMJ2) on 6 June 1916 as Vice Admiral

    ... This meant, together with the order, that he was elevated to personal nobility and, after being registered in the nobility register, he was allowed to call himself "Ritter von Hipper".

    Großherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinsches Militärverdienstkreuz, II. Class (MMV2/MK2)

    Bremen Hanseatic Cross (Bremisches Hanseatenkreuz; BremH/BH)

    Hamburg Hanseatic Cross (Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz; HH)

    Lübeck Hanseatic Cross (Lübeckisches Hanseatenkreuz; LübH/LüH)

    Swords to his Red Eagle Order 2nd Class with Oak Leaves

    Albrechts-Orden of Saxony, Commander (Komtur) II. Class with Star and Swords (SA2bmSt⚔)

    Star with Swords to his Red Eagle Order 2nd Class with Oak Leaves and Swords

    Order of the Iron Crown (Austria), 1st Class with the War Decoration (ÖEK1K)



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    Franz Ritter von Hipper, Bayerisches Armeemuseum.jpg

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