Friday, November 28, 2014

Großadmiral Baton Presentation for Erich Raeder

This picture was taken by Hugo Jaeger above Battleship Tirpitz anchored in Wilhelshaven in 1 April 1939, and the occasion was Adolf Hitler's presentation of the Großadmiral (Grand Admiral) baton to Erich Raeder, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine. It is possible that the man front row on the left is Konteradmiral Günther Lütjens (Führer der Torpedoboote), although the nose does not seem quite right. The one giving the naval salute is Vizeadmiral Wilhelm Marschall (Befehlshaber der Panzerschiffe), while the one two to the right of him, with the goatee, is Admiral Rolf Carls (Kommandierender Admiral Marinestation der Ostsee).


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