Lot 2362

A visor cap for Admiral Kurt Fricke of the Kriegsmarine

German Historical Collectibles from 1919 onwards | A83r | Live auction | 608 Lots

Hammer price € 9,500

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Removable white waffle pattern cloth top, gold metal eagle with single pin attached at center. Cap body with cloth-covered front stiffener, black leather chinstrap secured by gold buttons, cloth covered visor obverse with finely embroidered double row of gold-celle on oak leaves. Black mohair cap band with gold wire wreath applied at center. Gold rayon lining, celluloid trapezoid intact with inserted name tag “Dr. Fricke”, no manufacturer or size markings, tan leather sweatband. Clean white top with some small stains at top and under back side, lightly soiled liner. Size ca. 58cm.
Kurt Fricke (8 November 1889 – 2 May 1945) was an Admiral and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Fricke entered the Kaiserliche Marine as a cadet in April 1910 and during World War I, served at the Battle of Dogger Bank. He was promoted to Oberleutnant zur See in 1916 and transferred to torpedo boats. After the war he served in the administration of the German navy as adjutant to the commander in chief of the navy and from 1922 to 1933 he commanded destroyers and torpedo boats. On 1 April 1934 Fricke was promoted to Fregattenkapitän (frigate captain). Fricke then was posted as chief of staff to the inspectorate of destroyer and mine-warfare in the rank of Kapitän zur See (captain at sea) (1935). From October 1936 to September 1937 he served at the Wehrmachts-Akademie. After this academic posting, Fricke served on the Oberkommando der Marine as Chief of the Operations department of the Seekriegsleitung. On 30 April 1939 Fricke became liaison officer to the Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe. After the start of the Second World War, Fricke was promoted to Konteradmiral (rear admiral) on 1 November 1939 and Vizeadmiral (vice admiral) on 1 June 1941. From 13 June 1941 to 20 February 1943 Fricke was Chief of Staff of the Seekriegsleitung. Promoted to Admiral on 1 April 1942, Fricke was named commander of the Marinegruppenkommando Süd (21 March 1943 – 11 December 1944). In December 1944 Fricke was placed in the Führerreserve. Fricke was killed on 2 May 1945 during the Battle of Berlin.

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