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Rolf Carls

Rolf Carls
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Born (1885-05-29)29 May 1885
Rostock
Died 24 April 1945(1945-04-24) (aged 59)
Bad Oldesloe
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1919)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1903–1943
Rank Generaladmiral
Unit SMS Stein
SMS Mars
SMS Fürst Bismarck
SMS Breslau
Commands held SM U-124
SMS Hessen
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Rolf Hans Wilhelm Karl Carls (29 May 1885 – 24 April 1945) was a Generaladmiral of the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership and is one of the highest military leadership awards.

Rolf Carls was killed in an air raid on Bad Oldesloe on 24 April 1945.[Notes 1] Carls together with 29 other people were killed in the cellar of the Vocational school in the Königstraße.

Awards

Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Thursday, 10 April 1940 Die militärischen Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Neutralität von Dänemark und Norwegen wurden am 9. April von starken Einheiten des Heeres, der Kriegsmarine und die Luftwaffe unter dem Oberbefehl des Generals der Infanterie von Falkenhorst, von Seestreitkräften unter dem Befehl des Generaladmirals Saalwächter und des Admirals Carls und von zahlreichen Verbänden der Luftwaffe unter Führung des Generalleutnants Geißler in engster Zusammenarbeit durchgeführt.[7] The military measures for the protection of the neutrality of Denmark were carried out on 9 April from strong units in close cooperation of the Heer, the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe under the high command of General of the Infantry von Falkenhorst, of naval forces under the command of Generaladmiral Saalwächter and Admiral Rolf Carls and from numerous Luftwaffe units under the leadership of Generalleutnant Geißler (sic).

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References

Citations
Bibliography
  • Dörr, Manfred (1995). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 1:A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2453-0.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

External links

  • Rolf Carls @ Deutsche Marinesoldaten
  • Rolf Carls @ Geocities
  • Rolf Carls @ Ritterkreuzträger 1939 - 1945
  • Rolf Carls @ uboat.net
Military offices
Preceded by
Admiral Richard Foerster
Chief of Fleet of the Kriegsmarine
21 December 1936 – 31 October 1938
Succeeded by
Admiral Hermann Boehm

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