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Ernst Schirlitz

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Years of service  1912–45
Rank  Vizeadmiral

Name  Ernst Schirlitz
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Born  7 September 1893 Christburg, West Prussia (1893-09-07)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine  Reichsmarine  Kriegsmarine
Unit  SMS Hertha SMS Freya SMS Friedrich Carl SMS Furst Bismarck Luftschiff "L 7", "L 20", "L 33"
Battles/wars  World War I World War II
Died  November 27, 1978, Kiel, Germany
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Battles and wars  World War I, World War II

Ernst Schirlitz (7 September 1893 – 27 November 1978) was a Vizeadmiral with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He surrendered at the end of World War II after the Allied siege of La Rochelle.

Schirlitz served as a watch officer on Luftschiff "L 33" which crashed in Little Wigborough, Essex on 24 September 1916. Schirlitz was taken prisoner of war by the British and was released in November 1919.

Awards

  • Iron Cross (1914) 2nd and 1st Class
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
  • German Cross in Gold on 1 December 1944 as Vizeadmiral in fortress La Rochelle
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 11 March 1945 as Vizeadmiral and commander of fortress La Rochelle
  • References

    Ernst Schirlitz Wikipedia


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