This is a postcard portraying one of WW I’s most-famous U-Boat commanders, Otto Weddigen. Weddigen was the first German submariner to fire his people ‘s (and his Kaiser’s) imaginations with his 1914 exploits. Shortly after the beginning of WW I, his submarine, the U-9, sank three British cruisers in a single afternoon. For this he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class and 2nd Class. Shortly after sinking yet another British warship, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the Orden Pour le Mérite. He was reassigned from the U-9 to the U-29. He was lost with his entire crew in March 1915, when his boat was rammed by a British battleship. This pose shows him from the neck up, wearing his white summer visor cap and tunic. At his neck we can see the very top of his Orden Pour le Mérite.