PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29.
Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class.
The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands.
This is a colorized postcard of Weddigen. His portrait appears within a life preserver/frame with laurel leaf branches beneath him. To his right is a Kriegsflagge. A short caption names him, the U-9, and the firing of a torpedo at a Cruiser on the German sea. The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a Bavarian Kavallerie Division.