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POSTCARD OF U-BOAT HERO OTTO WEDDIGEN

SKU: 38-673

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Otto Weddigen was the first of Germany’s U-Boat commanders to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite. He was German’s first great U-Boat hero and while many captains exceeded his score there were non that were as beloved as Otto Weddigen. In many ways he was like Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann, the first of the aviation stars. These men were very much like rock stars of their age and were more important than any film actors to the German people who wanted and needed heroes to cherish. Little more than a month after WW I began Weddigen and his little U-9 sank three British cruisers in a single afternoon (Actually in an hour!). For this exploit he was awarded the Iron Crosses 1st Class and 2nd Class. All of the other officers and men of the U-9 received the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Shortly thereafter, the U-9 sank a fourth British ship. By imperial decree, Weddigen was awarded the Pour le Mérite. In early 1915 he was assigned a new and larger U-Boat, the U-29. On 15 March 1915 his ship was rammed by a British battleship and was lost with all hands. As a national hero in Germany during WW I, countless different poses of Weddigen were available on postcards to an adoring public. He continued to be popular even after his death. This pose is a painting of Weddigen by the German painter, Karl Bauer. It shows Weddigen from the neck up, with an excellent study of his face. A portion of his PLM can be seen at his throat. The postcard’s reverse reveals it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte. The cancellation is dated 5 October 1916. It also mentions that this particular card was a part of a larger series called “The War 1914-1916 in Postcards.”

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Otto Weddigen was the first of Germany’s U-Boat commanders to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite. He was German’s first great U-Boat hero and while many captains exceeded his score there were non that were as beloved as Otto Weddigen. In many ways he was like Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann, the first of the aviation stars. These men were very much like rock stars of their age and were more important than any film actors to the German people who wanted and needed heroes to cherish. Little more than a month after WW I began Weddigen and his little U-9 sank three British cruisers in a single afternoon (Actually in an hour!). For this exploit he was awarded the Iron Crosses 1st Class and 2nd Class. All of the other officers and men of the U-9 received the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Shortly thereafter, the U-9 sank a fourth British ship. By imperial decree, Weddigen was awarded the Pour le Mérite. In early 1915 he was assigned a new and larger U-Boat, the U-29. On 15 March 1915 his ship was rammed by a British battleship and was lost with all hands. As a national hero in Germany during WW I, countless different poses of Weddigen were available on postcards to an adoring public. He continued to be popular even after his death. This pose is a painting of Weddigen by the German painter, Karl Bauer. It shows Weddigen from the neck up, with an excellent study of his face. A portion of his PLM can be seen at his throat. The postcard’s reverse reveals it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte. The cancellation is dated 5 October 1916. It also mentions that this particular card was a part of a larger series called “The War 1914-1916 in Postcards.”

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