13 Private Wartime Photographs of Admiral Erich Förste

Item #G30251


13 pictures of Admiral Erich Förste, ca. 13 x 9 cm. Date of item: 1941/42. 13 photos of Admiral of the Kriegsmarine Erich Förste (1892–1963), all in uniform, most showing him addressing troops or as part of a group of officers. Only a single picture shows nobody but him. In one picture he is awarding a Merit Shield for Recreational Activities in the Armed Forces (Für Verdienste um die Freizeitgestaltung in der Truppe). On the back of another picture he has identified his two companions. It reads: Adm. Karenco (?), me, Adm. Bianderi (?). One picture shows him walking with Generalfeldmarschall of the Luftwaffe (equivalent to Grand Admiral) Albert Kesselring.


Förste served as “Admiral Ägäis”, which means he was in charge of the waters of occupied Greece, starting in Sep 1941, and in June 1943 until the end of the war he was commander-in-chief of the Marineoberkommando Nord (Naval High Command North). He was captured in July 1945 and spent a year and a half as a British prisoner of war. From 1953 until 1956 he worked as the chief editor of the Marine-Rundschau magazine (Naval Review). He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class and the U-Boat War Badge during WWI, the Wound Badge in Black and the Knight’s Cross of the Albert Order 2nd Class with Swords (no dates given), and during WWII the Clasp to the Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class, as well as the German Cross in Gold.