Karl Palmgreen

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Karl Palmgreen
Born (1891-09-02)2 September 1891
Died 16 September 1970(1970-09-16) (aged 79)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
Years of service 1909–1945
Rank Fregattenkapitän of the Reserves
Commands held Sperrbrecher IX and I
4. Sperrbrecherflottille
36. Minensuchflottille
38. Minensuchflottille
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Karl Palmgreen (2 September 1891 – 16 September 1970) was a Fregattenkapitän of the Reserves with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Karl Palmgreen joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1909. From 1939 to 1941 he was commander of the Sperrbrecher (Mine Sweeper; Pathfinder) IX and I and thereafter until 1943 chief of the 4th Sperrbrecherflottille, followed by service positions as head of the 36th Minensuchflottille, German Chief of Staff to the Italian admiral in the Italian Navy Command, 1st class admiral staff officer at the 2nd Sicherungsdivision and head of the 38th Minensuchflottille. At the end of World War II, he was chief of the branch Gotenhafen or Libau. He was awarded the Knights Cross on 3 August 1941 for his achievements as chief of Sperrbrecherflottille, he was promoted to Fregattenkapitän of the Reserves on 1 August 1944 and received the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 11 July 1944.

His son Oberleutnant zur See of the Reserves Gerhard Palmgren was killed in action on 15 August 1944 as commander of U-741 in the English Channel by the British corvette HMS Orchis after U-741 had sunk the 246 ton infantry landing craft LCI 404.



  1. ^ a b c d e Dörr 1996, p. 109.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 332.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 85, 479.
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