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Extract from Madeira 2004Edit

One source was the following: — Matt Crypto 20:45, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Ernst Constantin Fetterlein was the son of Karl Fedorovich Fetterlein
(a German-language instructor at the Saint Petersburg
Military-Judicial Institute and director of property at the Imperial
Public Library c.1900) and Olga Fetterlein (née Meier). Born on 3
April 1873 in Saint Petersburg, EC Fetterlein graduated from that
city's university in 1894 with excellent marks in eastern languages
(Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, among others) and began work at the
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 25 November 1896. In a 9 March
1918 cable to the Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI, Rear-Admiral
Reginald Hall), the British naval attaché in Helsingfors (Helsinki;
probably Captain WH Cromie, RN, killed soon after, while trying to
stop intruders from entering the British embassy in Petrograd)
described Fetterlein as `a cipher clerk in the Russian Foreign Office
for twenty-five years' who came `highly recommended' (by whom is
unknown).  Cromie also asked for money and assistance in getting
Fetterlein and his wife to Great Britain...Fetterlein began work at GCCS
in June 1918 and became a senior assistant there on 17 December
1919. Illustrating his inestimable worth to British...

Ernst FetterleinEdit

My understanding is that Fetterlein held both the rank of "admiral" and "general." I can't think of the source anymore, but I believe that under the "Tsarist Table of Ranks," the rank of "General-Admiral" was an honorary rank the equivalent of a "Field Marshal" rank and that is what I believe Fetterlein's "honorary rank" was in the Tsarist civil service, i.e. "higher than a general or admiral."

You might want to further research this point. Thomas R. Hammant 21:04, 28 August 2006

Thanks for the correction; do you know of any publication which mentions that he was "general"/"admiral"? — Matt Crypto 14:40, 29 August 2006 (UTC)
In this article it is mentioned that Fetterlein hold civil service rank of "Статский советник" (Civil Counsellor / State Counsellor). It is one grade lower then Rear Admiral or Major General. During the first world war Fetterlein was briefly employed by Russian Navy, but his Navy rank is not clear.DonaldDuck 09:38, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

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