Fritz Burmeister

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Fritz Burmeister
Admiralstabsintendant Fritz Burmeister.jpg
Civil administrator Admiral-Stabsintendant Burmeister with the insignia and the uniform of a Vice Admiral of the Kriegsmarine
Birth date 21 June 1884
Place of birth Danzig, West Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Death date 11 July 1956
Place of death Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 National Socialist Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Admiral-Stabsintendant
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Iron Cross
War Merit Cross

Fritz Burmeister (21 June 1884 – 11 July 1956) was a German jurist and naval civil servant/administrator (Marinebeamter), finally Admiral-Stabsintendant (Marinebeamter im Admiralsrang) of the Kriegsmarine in World War Two.

Career (chronology)

Sleeve badge of a high ranking civil administrator of the Kriegsmarine
  • Junior Law Exams or Referendarexamen (10 November 1906)
  • Assessor Exams or Assessorexamen (28 June 1912)
  • Judicial Assistant (3 July 1912)
  • In the Procurement-Department, Imperial Shipyard Kiel (22 Jan 1914-07 Jun 1914)
  • Department-Director v4 in the Imperial Shipyard Kiel (08 Jun 1914-18 Sep 1914)
  • With the Intendancy of the Naval-Station of the North Sea, Wilhelmshaven (19 Sep 1914-07 Jun 1917)
  • With the Corps-Intendancy (Korps-Intendantur) of the Naval Corps Flanders (08 Jun 1917-12 Oct 1917)
  • Divisions-Intendant of the III. Naval-Division Flanders (12 Oct 1917-19 Dec 1918)
  • Director of Administration (Processing) of Naval Corps Flanders (20 Dec 1918-1919)
  • Department-Leader (Abteilungschef), Naval-Intendancy Kiel (13 Oct 1919-30 Sep 1934)
  • Acting-Naval-Station-Intendant, Naval-Commander Kiel (29 Aug 1934-30 Sep 1934)
  • Station-Intendant, then Naval-Chief-Intendant (Marinechefintendant) of the Naval-Station of the Baltic Sea (01 Oct 1934-15 Jun 1943)[1]
  • Chief of the Senior-Administration-Staff (Chef des Oberwaltungsstabes), Naval-High-Command Baltic Sea (15 Jun 1943-00 May 1945)
  • In Captivity (May 1945)
  • Released (24 Feb 1946)[2]

Promotions

Imperial German Navy

  • Marineintendanturassessor (25 May 1914)
  • Marinefeldintendant (27 March 1918)

Reichsmarine

  • Marineintendanturrat[3]
  • Obermarineintendanturrat (17 October 1925)
  • Marineintendant (1 October 1934)

Kriegsmarine

  • Marinechefintendant (18 December 1936)
  • Marinegeneralintendant, comparable to a Rear Admiral (17 November 1941)
  • Marinegeneralstabsintendant (11 November 1942)
  • Admiral-Stabsintendant, comparable to a Vice Admiral (1 May 1944)
    • With the introduction of the special troop service (Truppensonderdienst; TSD) in May 1944, the civil administrators (Beamte) were transferred to an officer rank, were allowed to wear the uniforms of the respective branch of the force and, depending on the branch of the force, were also given their own weapon color.

Awards and decorations

  • Iron Cross (1914), 2nd Class with white/black ribbon for non-combatants
    • presumably awarded early in the war when he was with various proviant offices in the Vaterland
  • Iron Cross (1914), 2nd and 1st Class with black/white ribbon for combatants[4]
    • awarded for his service in the war when he was at the front (Feldintendantur des Marinekorps and Divisionsintendantur der 3. Marine-Division)
  • Red Cross Medal (Prussia), 3rd Class (RKM3)
  • Bremen Hanseatic Cross (BH)
  • Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
  • Wehrmacht Long Service Award (Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung), 4th to 1st Class
  • War Merit Cross (1939), 2nd and 1st Class with Swords

References

  1. Rangliste der Deutschen Kriegsmarine, 1936, p. 76
  2. Admiralstabsintendant Fritz Burmeister
  3. Rangliste der Deutschen Reichsmarine, 1922, p. 27
  4. Kriegsrangliste der Intendanturbeamten des Heeres, der Marine und der Schutztruppen, 1929