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Kurt Frike

SurnameFrike
Given NameKurt
Born8 Nov 1889
Died2 May 1945
CountryGermany
CategoryMilitary-Sea
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseKurt Frike was born in Berlin, Germany in 1889. He joined the German Navy in 1910 and then studied at Naval Academy Mürwik in Flensburg in northern Germany. His early postings included protected cruiser Hertha and battlecruiser Moltke. During WW1, he participated in the Battle of Dogger Bank in the North Sea. In 1916, he was transferred to torpedo boats, culminating in his appointment as aide-de-camp to the commander of the torpedo boats by the end of the war. During the inter-war years, he served a variety of roles which included the command of torpedo boats and destroyers. In 1935, he was promoted to the rank of Sea Captain and was made the Chief of Staff to the Inspector of Destroyer and Mine Warfare. Between Oct 1936 and Sep 1937, he was an instructor at the Wehrmacht Academy. In 1938, he served as the Chief of the Operations Department at the Department of Naval Operations at the Navy High Command. In Apr 1939, he was made the liaison officer to the German Air Force. He was promoted to admiral rank in Nov 1939. Betwen Jun 1941 and Feb 1943, he was made the Chief of the Department of Naval Operations; during this tenure, he was promoted to the rank of admiral. Between Mar 1943 and Dec 1944, he was the commanding officer of Naval Group Command South. In Dec 1944, he was placed in reserve. He was killed in May 1945 during the Battle of Berlin.

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Kurt Frike Timeline

8 Nov 1889 Kurt Fricke was born in Berlin, Germany.
1 Apr 1910 Kurt Fricke joined the German Navy.
27 Sep 1913 Kurt Fricke was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
4 Jan 1915 Kurt Fricke was awarded Iron Cross 2nd Class.
25 May 1916 Kurt Fricke was awarded Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class of Oldenburg.
14 Jun 1916 Kurt Fricke was awarded Hanseatic Cross of the Hanseatic City States.
28 Jun 1916 Kurt Fricke was awarded Iron Cross 1st Class.
5 Mar 1918 Kurt Fricke was awarded Knight's Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords.
7 Mar 1918 Kurt Fricke was made aide-de-camp to the commander of the torpedo boats.
3 Apr 1918 Kurt Fricke was awarded Friedrich August Cross 1st Class of Oldenburg.
12 Jul 1930 Kurt Fricke was awarded Knight's Cross 1st Class of the Order of the Sword of Sweden.
16 Sep 1931 Kurt Fricke was named the commanding officer of 1st Torpedo Boat Flotilla.
1 Apr 1934 Kurt Fricke was promoted to the rank of frigate captain.
2 Oct 1936 Kurt Fricke was awarded the Wehrmacht Long Service Award 1st with 4th Class.
30 Apr 1939 Kurt Fricke was made the German Navy liaison to the German Air Force.
22 May 1939 Kurt Fricke was awarded the Sudetenland Medal.
21 Aug 1939 Kurt Fricke was awarded Order of Naval Merit 3rd Class in White of Spain.
1 Oct 1939 Kurt Fricke was awarded Clasp 2nd Class to his Iron Cross.
26 Oct 1939 Kurt Fricke was awarded the Memel Medal.
1 Nov 1939 Kurt Fricke was promoted to the rank of counter admiral.
9 Nov 1939 Kurt Fricke was awarded Order of the Yugoslav Crown 2nd Class with Star of Yugoslavia.
27 Nov 1939 Kurt Fricke was awarded Clasp 1st Class to his Iron Cross.
1 Jun 1941 Kurt Fricke was promoted to the rank of vice admiral.
13 Jun 1941 Kurt Fricke was named the Chief of the Department of Naval Operations at the Navy High Command.
25 Mar 1942 Kurt Fricke was awarded Order of the Cross of Liberty 1st Class with Oak Leaves and Swords of Finland.
1 Apr 1942 Kurt Fricke was promoted to the rank of admiral.
1 Sep 1942 Kurt Fricke was awarded Order of Michael the Brave 3rd Class of Romania.
26 Sep 1942 Kurt Fricke was awarded Grand Class of the Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir with Swords of Croatia.
1 Oct 1942 Kurt Fricke was awarded Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.
7 Oct 1942 Kurt Fricke was awarded Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania with Swords and Miltiary Band of Virtue of Romania.
20 Feb 1943 Kurt Fricke stepped down as the Chief of the Department of Naval Operations at the Navy High Command.
21 Mar 1943 Kurt Fricke was made the commanding officer of Naval Group Command South.
11 Dec 1944 Kurt Fricke stepped down as the commanding officer of Naval Group Command South.
2 May 1945 Kurt Fricke was killed during the Soviet attacks on Berlin, Germany.




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