Dietwalt Frank - This Kriegsmarine dagger is identified to Kapitanleutnant Frank. It is a typical Third Reich era second model navy dagger with the eagle and swastika pommel and the double etched blade featuring the fouled anchor motif. The obverse of the ricasso is stamped with the maker's knight's head logo and the initials "WKC." The reverse of the ricasso is stamped with "DR. FRANK." The typical lightning bolt scabbard with overlapping oakleaf carrying bands is stamped near the top on the obverse side with the owner's last name "FRANK." This dagger is featured on page 204 of Thomas M. Johnson's reference book "German Daggers of World War II a Photographic Reference" Vol 1
Dietwalt Frank was born 8.12.1907 in Lubeck Germany. He earned his degree in engineering and he joined the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) in 1935 at about the age of 28 where he served as an engineering officer.
Germany invaded and thereafter occupied Norway in April of 1940. Herr Frank held the rank of Oberleutnant der Reserve from August 1940 to August 1942 during which time he was assigned to the staff of the admiral of the Norwegian Arctic Coast headquartered in Tromso in northern Norway. He was promoted to the rank of Kapitanleutnant der Reserve in 1944, this rank being roughly equivalent to an army rank of major. His last known duty station was in Suhrendorf in western Pomerania. During WW II Pomerania was in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea between the Oder and the Vistula rivers. Additional information regarding Frank's military biography can be found in the reference "Die deutsche Kriegsmarine 1939-1945" by W. Lohmann and H.H. Hildebrand (Vol. 3, 292, Page 67).
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