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    Unknown Knights cross with Oakleaves holder...................and well decorated and Deutsche Kreuz in Gold holder Karl Keil a priest from the Kriegsmarine.
    Prost ! Steve.

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    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    The IMM magazine did a little one-page feature on Karl Keil back in 2007.

    A Kriegsmarine seaman since 1936, Keil had ended the war as a petty officer ranked Maschinist and went on to serve with the German Mine Sweeping Administration for a short period in 1945. He had first considered priesthood during his time as an English POW. Passing his Abitur in 1952, he then took up theology studies and became a vicar at Frammersbach in 1957.

    At the time serving as an Oberpfarrer for the BGS at Fulda, he held a eulogy at the funeral of Karl Dönitz in 1981, dressed - as in the above photo - in his priest's vestments with full military decorations.

    According to the IMM article, Keil had won the EK II in 1943, but the awards of the EK I and the DK cannot be verified from period sources. Some suspect that he may have been an impostor when it came to these two decorations.

    Axis History Forum • Karl Keil, Deutsche Kreuz in Gold Holder at Karl Dönitz Funeral

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    Hi Andreus, thanks for the information ! So he could be a naughty priest.....if you get my drift !
    Prost ! Steve.
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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