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Kriegsmarine Uniforms and Insignia


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Korvettenkapitän (Major) for greatcoat, etc. dark blue underlay
Leutnant zur See for the white summer tunic, with white underlay.

Shoulder pieces were not worn by officers on the normal Bordjacke, these had cuff rank rings, etc.   The shoulder pieces also normally displayed the cypher of the branch of service. These indicated would be for normal seafaring or navigation branch - Allgemeine Seefahrt oder Nautische Richtung.

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Die 2. Unterseebootsflottille, auch als U-Bootsflottille „Saltzwedel“ bekannt, wurde am 1. September 1936 in Kiel unter dem Kommando von Fregattenkapitän Werner Scheer gebildet und war nach Oberleutnant zur See Reinhold Saltzwedel, einem U-Boot-Kommandanten des Ersten Weltkriegs, benannt. Die Flottille wurde nach wenigen Wochen nach Wilhelmshaven verlegt. Im Herbst 1940 wurde mit der Verlegung der Flottille nach Lorient begonnen. Von da an bis zur Auflösung der Flottille im August 1944, als die Basis in Lorient aufgegeben werden musste, blieb sie dort stationiert. Die verbliebenen Boote wurden anschließend nach Norwegen verlegt.

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Cap tallies:
Kriegsmarine, early wartime in gold thread
Schiffsartillerieschule (Kiel), gold thread, peacetime, unworn
Sperrabteilung (Kiel), gold thread, peacetime

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Linienschiff Schleswig-Holstein,
Entered service in 1908, fired the first shots in WW2 at Danzig-Westerplatte
Marinenachrichtenschule
Based in Mürwik
3. Schiffsstammabteilung der Ostsee 3.
Raised in Kiel, 1938, later to Eckernförde and Waren/Müritz
Sperrschule
Based in Kiel-Wik

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Rank chevrons:
Funkgefreiter, naval blouse
Maschinen Obergefreiter, gold braid, parade jacket

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Rank badges:
Bootsmannsmaat
Steuermannsmaat
Artilleriemaat

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Oberbootsmannsmaat, for dress jacket
Sperrvormann, Qualification

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Chevrons:
Hauptgefreiter, large, very early pattern, Reichsmarine or earlier
Gefreiter, Küstenartillerie
Gefreiter, for naval blouse

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Obergefreiter and Stabsgefreiter

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Cap insignia:
Metal cap eagle for peaked cap, removable top
Eagle and cockade for overseas cap, unissued
Eagle and cockades for DD-Cap, both with pins missing, one with HK removed, this from the estate of Oberbootsmannsmaat St.Wieland, Unterseebootsflottilla Saltzwedel

 

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Eagle and cockade for officers cap, gold wire, hand-woven, moth damage to latter
Eagle for peaked cap, machine-embroidered, ncos
Shoulder pieces for Deck-Offizier, quality gold lace, effects have been removed

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Breast Eagles:
Machine-woven on navy backing, removed from uniform (blouse)
Machine-embroidered, removed from uniform blouse
Gold wire for officers tunic
Another extra fine quality gold wire with heavy moth damage

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Gilt metal breast eagle for summer tunic, officer etc.
Gilt buttons 24mm and shoulder buttons with screw fitting on original manufacturers card
A post-war combination ribbon bar (1957) depicting the Iron Cross and U-Boot badge

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Kriegsmarine Bordmützen, officer and other ranks. Eagle on officer's example is a replacement.

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Trade badges (Tätigkeitsabzeichen), top row:
Allgemeine Seefahrt (Seestern / seastar) - general nautical personnel
Winker - signaller

Stabspersonal, Admiralität - admiralty staff
Marineflakpersonal - Naval flak

middle row:
Fernschreibpersonal - Teletype operator
Sanitätspersonal - medical personnel

Navigation
Torpedomechaniker - torpedo mechanic

bottow row:
Schreiber - clerical personnel
Verwaltung - administration

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Laufbahnabzeichen, Maschinenpersonal and Funker

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Musiker Maat, rank badge for white Summer uniform, rare.

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Linienschiff Schleswig-Holstein (internet photo)

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A late war Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen by Alois Rettenmaier, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, unmarked, zink, gilding has migrated. Reverse has scratched owners name, K. Witte
A later war Minesweeper badge / Minensucherabzeichen by Otto Placzek, Ausf. Schwerin, Berlin. Zinc with no gilding.

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Kapitulation 1945

After the capitulation of the Wehrmacht on 8. May 1945, the Commander of the U-Boats, Karl Dönitz issued the order that all U-Boats in enemy waters are to surface, and as a sign of the capitulation, to set the navigation lights on full and to hoist the black flag.

Nach der Kapitulation der Wehrmacht am 8. Mai 1945 erließ der letzte Befehlshaber der U-Boote Karl Dönitz den Befehl an alle in feindlichen Gewässern befindlichen U-Boote, aufzutauchen und als Zeichen der Kapitulation die Navigationslichter einzuschalten und eine schwarze Fahne zu hissen.

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New addition, see further up

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https://uboat.net/men/commanders/

List of all U-Boot commanders in World War 2, each with a short biography, many with portrait photo.

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Ulrich-Philipp Graf von und zu Arco-Zinneberg
Oberleutnant zur See, Crew: X39

     

 

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