Included in this rare U-Boat grouping:
- Photo Album – Showing his complete service, holiday, family and Costal Artillery till his service on board U1169.
- Stopwatch Hanhardt – Working condition with inscription on the rear.
- Kriegsmarine Cap Band – Clearly removed, worn example.
- Kriegsmarine Buttons – Some mixed KM Buttons.
- Torpedo MeschOgfr Insignia – Tunic removed.
- Letter – Letter from one of his family members dated 2015.
- Research – included in the description and Volksbund Information.
This lot came directly from the family in 2015 in Germany.
First Group of Pictures – Coastal Marine Artillery Unit.
Tropical Service, with nice Tropical KM uniforms.
Pictures of German Battleship Blucher –
Pictures of the Strasbourg French Destroyer sunk and the carnage inflicted during the Attack on Mers-el-Kébir (French Fleet was destroyed) by the English Military. Costing the lives of around 1300 French Sailors. A very rare chance to get a glimpse of a battle long forgotten in the history books! Note the German tank guarding one of the ships.
Some nice photos of the Famous Flammenwerfer! (Flame thrower).
The U – Boat Pictured is – U1169 a Type VII C 41.
Amazing pictures of the deck of the U Boat along with some of the equipment including the surface fire Binoculars.
Many pictures showing daily life on the U -Boat!
The U Boat base seems to be the famous St Lorient in France!
Amazing pictures of the UnterseeBoots Lehr Division in Gotenhafen.
The Album belonged to – Wilhelm Schmidt – MeschOgfr – Born 08.08.1924
He is pictured through the whole the Album, with his last picture being likely his last picture before going on the last Patrol with U1169.
He is on the KIA Lists of the Volksbund – and his name is on the famous memorial at Laboe– See Picture.
U1169 Fate – went down on the 29th March 1945 in the English Channel, just South of Lizard Point. Sunk from depth Charges by British Frigate HMS Duckworth.
With loss of all 49 Crew members, including the young Wilhelm Schmidt.
Picture of HMS Duckworth (K351)and link below for more information about the ship that sunk U-1169
U1169 was fitted with Schnorchel underwater – breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in February 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date.
23 Apr 1944
During the Baltic exercises the boat lost one man off Pillau. [Matrosengefreiter Alfred Friedl]
11 Oct 1944
Two men were killed and one wounded when a torpedo exploded on board.
The lot came from he family with the items pictured during Christmas 2015.
The stopwatch pictured is a seconds timer by Hanhardt, it has some sort inscription on the back I do not know what it stands for. It is in fine working condition.