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Article about: 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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    Unknown Knights cross with Oakleaves holder...................and well decorated and Deutsche Kreuz in Gold holder Karl Keil a priest from the Kriegsmarine.
    Prost ! Steve.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture 57' awards on civilian clothing.   57' awards on civilian clothing.  

    "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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