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Rolf Johannesson
Born (1900-07-22)22 July 1900
Died 6 December 1989(1989-12-06) (aged 89)
Place of birth Berlin
Place of death Hamburg
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
 German Navy
Years of service 1918–1945
1957–1961
Rank Konteradmiral (Kriegsmarine)
Konteradmiral (Bundeswehr)
Commands held Z15 Erich Steinbrinck
ZG 3 Hermes
Battles/wars

World War I
Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Rolf Johannesson (22 July 1900 – 6 December 1989) was a highly decorated Konteradmiral in the Kriegsmarine during World War II and Konteradmiral in the Bundeswehr. He was also 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. Rolf Johannesson was captured by British troops at the end of the war and was held until 1946. He joined the post war Deutsche Marine in 1957 and retired in 1961 as a Konteradmiral.

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References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dörr 1995, p. 285.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 211.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 201.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Dörr, Manfred (1995). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 1:A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2453-0.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
None
Commander of Z15 Erich Steinbrinck
31 May 1938 – 19 January 1942
Succeeded by
Korvettenkapitän Heinrich Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven
Preceded by
None
Commander of ZG 3 Hermes
8 February 1942 – 2 April 1943
Succeeded by
Fregattenkapitän Curt Rechel
Preceded by
Flottillenadmiral Max-Eckart Wolff
Commander-in-Chief German Fleet (CINCGERFLEET)
1957 – 1961
Succeeded by
Konteradmiral Karl Smidt


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