WW1 Imperial German Navy U-Boat
Badges, insignia & awards
At the start of World War I, Germany had twenty-nine U-boats. 375 U-Boats were commissioned during the war and suffered 204 U-Boats lost between 1914 and 1918.
IMPERIAL Submarine Service
U-Boat Crew on board UC-35 , On 16.05.1918 in the Mediterranean 60 miles west of the Sardinian coast sunk by a French patrol boat.
The gold threaded tallys represented the designation Seamen which included those sailors trained in naval gunnery, signals and torpedo specialists whereas
the silver thread bands represented the machinists, engine room personnel and shipboard technicians.
III. U-Bootflotille 424 crewmen were lost and 15 U-Boats lost
Naval Arm Patches
|Oberbootsmannsmatt||Boatswain NCO's Career sleeve insignia||Machinistsmannmatt|
Laufbahnabzeichen Torpedohilfslehrer 1 Winkel
U-Boat Command Staff
Imperial Kaiserliche Marine Deck Offizier cap badge
A Deck Officer was comparable to a Warrant Officer . This cap badge is made of fine gold, silver, and black bullion.
The deck officers were in a separate class rank similar to the Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy , between the non-commissioned Matten and the naval officers.
DECKOFFIZIER SHOULDER BOARDS.
Kaiserliche Marine Maschinisten
Kaiserliche Marine Obermaschinisten
Kaiserliche Marine Obertorpeder
WW1 German Naval Fahnrich cap badge with gold wire
In Teilen der Truppe wird er gesellschaftlich bereits den Offizieren zugeordnet, weshalb ihm sodann Zutritt zur Offiziermesse gewährt wird, gehört aber formell noch den Bootsleuten an.
Fähnrich zur See
equivalent to midshipman or ensign
Leutnant zur See
Oberleutnant zur See
Oberleutnant zur See Robert Ramm
19 Oct 1918
Most likely mined in the Northern Barrage. 36 dead (all hands lost).
private purchase officer's
Imperial Navy jacket extension chain with two WW1 buttons are marked 'Rochfeine Qualitat'
KptLt - Chief Engineer
WW1 German Naval Officer cap badge with gold wire
KapitänLeutnant zur See
U Boot Commander
KptLt. W. Fischer
IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE
Imperial Naval Airservice Land Pilot Badge
Lt. zur see Gurthard Sachsenberg
Imperial Naval Sea Service Pilot Badge
Orden Preussen Marine Flugzeugführer von Seeflugzeugen
mkd. C.E. Juncker Berlin
. By Imperial Order 1-07-1884, Hallmarks were required on precious metals. The Naval flight badge was first issued in 1915. For Silver, a crescent moon indicating silver, a crown, the authority of the Kaiser
and a number indicationg the measure of silver in parts per thousand.This indicates pre 1919 wartime service badge. Upon abdication of the Kaiser in 09-11-1918, the crown was no longer required .
Nimmerguts, "Deutsche Orden und Ehrenzeichench.
German Friedrichschafen FF.33E floatplane tied up to a U-boat in April 1917.
Imperial Naval Observer Badge
See Kampfliegger Lt. Boenisch
Imperial Navy two seater aircraft, Observer in back, armed with a Spandau aerial machine gun.
Marinekorps Flandern oder ‘Flandernkreuz’
In August 1914 the German High Command decided to create an expeditionary force of Navy Marines in Flanders.
By 1917, there were three divisions formed totaling 70,000 troops.
The Marinekorps Flandern oder ‘Flandernkreuz’ was a post-war decoration awarded to the troops who fought for the navy in Flanders,
who were assigned to the Marine infantry, Marine Artillery and the marine Jasta's that flew in support.
There were ten designated combat bars:
Antwerpen, Durchbruchcshlacht, Durchbruchsschlacht 1918, Flandern Schlacht, Flandernsschlacht 1917, Luftkreig,
Seekreig, Somme, Ypern, & Yser
The post-war Cross was issued on Sept 1921
Only some thirty thousand Crosses were issued.
Kaiserliche Marine Seesoldaten bewaffnet
Awards of the U-Boat Service
49 Pour le Mérite awards were awarded to navy personnel, mostly U-Boat Commanders.
Knights Cross of the House of Hohenzollern
KptLt. Hans Rose
Iron Cross 2nd Cl
Iron Cross 1st Class
Kapitainleutnant Egewolf Frhr. von Berckheim, Officers and crew of U-Boat 26 receive the Iron Cross 2nd Class
sunk 3 ships = 3,700 grt
2 warships = 11,375 grt
U-26 hit a mine off the coast of Finland and sank with all hands September 1915
Gallipoli Campaign 1915
Several U- boats (U-21 in particular)under the command of KptLt Hersing's were directed to the Dardenelles and distrupted and sunk British warships.
U-21's first victim was the battleship HMS Triumph of 11,985 tons which he sank off Gaba Tepe on the 25th May, while the ship was bombarding the Turkish lines. Two days later he sank the HMS Majestic, another battleship conducting fire support off the Gallipoli peninsula
and prevented close support of allied troops by 18 Dreadnought battleships by sinking two of them.
Commanders and crews that participated in this campaign were awarded by the Turkish Government the Eiserner Halbound Star (Gallipoli Star), and the Silver Liakat medal of
"Merit for Those Who Have Shown Loyalty and Bravery"
|Silver Liakat Medal 2nd Class||KptLt. Max Valentiner
|Iron Half Moon|
German Naval Wound badges
Imperial Navy Wound badge
Imperial Navy Wound badge
Imperial Navy Wound badge
WW1 U-Boat Veteran's Badge
Kaiserliche Marine Paradefeldbinde f.Offiziere
This is an decommissioned Kaiserliche Marine War Ensign 1903–19 - Navy Imperial U Boot war flag, around 1914.
Two-sided bunting, the leech with chamber temple imperial crown over the "M" stamp partly defaced, "Boots.Fl.", dimensions 90 cm x 165cm
Official Kaiserliche Marine pocket navigation compass, with 'M' (for Marine and the crown) and the navy registration number engraved on the back of the silver case.
Original 1918 Kaiserliche Marine Seekarte Quadratkarte Westküste von Spanien und Portugal
Nur für den Gebeauch
"to be used only by ships of the SMS"
Seiner Majestät Schiff (His Majesty's Ship)
A chart of the Imperial Navy of 1918. It charts the sea area to the west coast of Spain and Portugal. Imperial Navy Department, Wilhelmshaven.
Original 1914 Kaiserliche Marine Seekarte Quadratkarte
portion of map showing Ostende.
Austrian/German U-Boat Service
WW1 Austrian U Boat badge
Bruder Schneider Wien
Karl Otto Ostermaier Machinist Mate
SM U - IV 1913 - 1916
courtesy of Bill Tilton, MMCS(SS) USN, Ret.
Austrian wound medal
WW1 Austrian U Boat stick pin
Official Report of the torpedoing of S.S. 'Lake Michigan' by
|S.S. 'Lake Michigan'||Boatswain Karl Ture Alfvegren||KptLt Degenhart von Loe||U-Boat 100|
8 ships sunk - 27,655 tons
2 vessels damaged - 5,272 tons
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