Decorations

Royal House Order of Hohenzollern

Königlicher Hausorden von Hohenzollern

Royal House Order of Hohenzollern

This was an order of chivalry of the House of Hohenzollern (a noble family and royal dynasty of Prussia, Germany and Romania).

The photo shows the Knight’s Cross with Swords version. The medal came in four variants with the Grand Commander the highest ranked.

  • Grand Commander (Großkomtur)
  • Commander (Komtur)
  • Knight (Ritter)
  • Member (Inhaber)

The Ritterkreuz of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern effectively was the intermediate award for officers between the Iron Cross First Class and the Pour Le Mérite in World War I. All the of the awards to U-boat officers were of this grade with swords (war merit award) with a single exception. Paul König, for his service as the commander of the merchant U-boat Deutschland, was awarded the Ritterkreuz of the order without swords.

In addition to the U-boat commanders listed below, two LIs were awarded the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern: Hans Fechter of U 35 and Paul Rhinow of U 57. A number of flotilla and higher commanders and staff officers associated with U-boats also received the Königlicher Hausorden von Hohenzollern.

Some 320 naval officers in total were awarded the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern during World War I. This includes a small number of army officers serving with the Marine Corp Flandern.


CommanderDate  Command
Kptlt. Arnauld de la Perière, Lothar von11 Sep 1916  U 35

Oblt. Becker, Franz9 Jan 1917  UC 20
Kptlt. Berckheim, Egewolf Freiherr von6 Jun 1915  U 26
Oblt. Bieber, Thomas23 Dec 1917  UB 31
Kptlt. Bothmer, Thorwald vonlate 1916  U 66

Kptlt. Dieckmann, Victor18 Aug 1917  U 61
Kptlt. Dröscher, Otto29 Oct 1918  U 117
Oblt. Dönitz, Karl10 Jun 1918  UC 25

Kptlt. Fischel, Hermann von18 Aug 1918  
Kptlt. Forstmann, Walter14 May 1916  U 39
Oblt. Fürbringer, Werner27 Aug 1916  UB 39

Kptlt. Gansser, Konrad11 Sep 1916  U 33
Kptlt. Georg, Carl-Siegfried Ritter von18 Aug 1917  U 57
Kptlt. Gercke, Hermann20 Apr 1917  
Kptlt. Glasenapp, Alfred von18 May 1918  U 91
Kptlt. Grünert, Franz10 Jun 1918  U 60

Kptlt. Hartwig, Kurt20 Jan 1917  U 32
Kptlt. Hashagen, Ernst27 Nov 1917  U 62
Kptlt. Heeseler, Kurt29 Oct 1918  
Oblt. Heimburg, Heino von8 Nov 1915  UB 14
Kptlt. Hillebrand, Leo7 Dec 1917  
Oblt. Howaldt, Hans23 Jul 1917  UB 40
Kptlt. Hundius, Paul23 Jul 1917  UC 47

Kptlt. Jeß, Heinrich31 Dec 1917  U 96
KrvKpt. Jürst, Hellmuth30 Jun 1917  

Kptlt. Klasing, Johannes10 Jun 1918  U 34
KrvKpt. Kophamel, Waldemar19 Nov 1915  
Kptlt. Krafft, Ernst31 Dec 1917  UB 51
Oblt. Kukat, Heinrich16 Sep 1918  UB 50
König, Paul1916  

Oblt. Lafrenz, Claus30 Jun 1917  UB 18
Oblt. Launburg, Otto3 Mar 1918  UB 52
Oblt. Lohs, Johannes23 Dec 1917  UC 75

Kptlt. Marschall, Wilhelm12 Nov 1917  UC 74
Kptlt. Mellenthin, Hans von22 Apr 1917  
Kptlt. Menzel, Hermann4 Jul 1918  UC 40
Kptlt. Moraht, Robert29 Mar 1917  U 64

Oblt. Neumann, Karl15 Feb 1918  UC 67
Kptlt. Niebuhr, Dietrich29 Oct 1918  
KrvKpt. Nostitz und Jänckendorff, Heinrich von26 Jul 1918  U 151

Oblt. Obermüller, Horst21 Jan 1918  UC 34

Oblt. Patzig, Helmut11 Jul 1918  U 86
Oblt. Pustkuchen, Herbert19 Nov 1915  UC 5

Kptlt. Rabenau, Reinhard von2 Sep 1918  UB 88
Oblt. Ramien, Kurt23 Jul 1917  UC 48
Kptlt. Recke, Philipp3 Oct 1918  U 113
Kptlt. Remy, Walter24 Apr 1918  U 90
Kptlt. Rhein, Wilhelm2 Nov 1918  UB 112
Kptlt. Roehr, Walter11 Apr 1917  U 84
Kptlt. Rose, Hans2 Nov 1916  U 53
Kptlt. Rosenberg-Grusczyski, Erich von24 Nov 1917  
Oblt. Ruckteschell, Hellmuth von13 Aug 1918  U 54
Kptlt. Rücker, Claus11 Sep 1916  U 34

Kptlt. Saalwächter, Alfred5 Mar 1918  U 94
Oblt. Saltzwedel, Reinhold29 Mar 1917  UC 21
Oblt. Schmettow, Matthias Graf von22 Nov 1916  UC 26
Kptlt. Schneider, Rudolf19 Nov 1915  U 24
Kptlt. Schrader, Otto von4 Aug 1918  UB 64
Kptlt. Schultze, Otto23 Jun 1917  U 63
Kptlt. Schuster, Karlgeorg1 Dec 1917  
Kptlt. Schwieger, Walther5 Jun 1916  U 20
Kptlt. Siewert, Kurt9 Oct 1918  U 107
Kptlt. Sieß, Gustav27 Feb 1917  U 73
Kptlt. Spieß, Johannes26 Mar 1918  U 19
Oblt. Sprenger, Robert31 Mar 1918  UB 53
Oblt. Steinbauer, Wolfgang9 Jan 1917  UB 47
Oblt. Steinbrinck, Otto9 Jan 1916  UB 10
Oblt. Steindorff, Ernst20 Apr 1918  UB 74

Oblt. Valentiner, Hans27 Aug 1916  UB 37
Kptlt. Valentiner, Max14 May 1916  U 38
Oblt. Vesper, Karl23 Jul 1917  UC 58
Kptlt. Viebeg, Max23 Jul 1917  UB 32
Oblt. Voigt, Ernst25 Sep 1916  UB 23

Kptlt. Wagenführ, Paul14 May 1917  U 44
Kptlt. Walther, Hans23 Sep 1916  U 52
Oblt. Warzecha, Walter2 Sep 1918  
Kptlt. Waßner, Erwin14 May 1917  UC 69
Oblt. Wendlandt, Hans Hermann30 Nov 1917  UC 38
Oblt. Wenninger, Ralph29 Mar 1916  
Oblt. Werner, Egon von29 Mar 1916  UC 1
Kptlt. Werner, Wilhelm15 Feb 1918  U 55
Kptlt. Wilhelms, Ernst30 Jul 1917  
Kptlt. Wünsche, Otto14 May 1917  U 70

83 officers decorated with Royal House Order of Hohenzollern (Königlicher Hausorden von Hohenzollern) located.

Note: This listing is still being compiled and some recipients might be missing.

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