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U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance

U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance
U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance

U-Boat Badge With Diamonds Belonging to Kapitan Luth | Full Provenance

U-Boat Badge With Diamonds

Originally belonging to Kapitan Wolfgang Lüth 



Just 29 U-Boat Badges with Diamonds were presented to U-Boat Kapitans by Admiral Dönitz. This cased example was originally presented to Kapitan Wolfgang Lüth, and remained with the family until being acquired by Major Jack Angolia at the beginning of the 1960s. 


Manufactured by the firms Schwerin u. Sohn, along with Gebr. Godet & Co. The award was produced in gold plate over silver, and then with an affixed swastika bearing nine diamonds. The reverse with vertical tapered pin assembly. The award typically with the Schwerin, Berlin designation. Size: 4.7cm x 3.7cm. Weight: 27g.

The case in dark blue leatherette, and without any exterior designation. The interior with off-white silk roof bearing the designation, 'J.Godet & Söhne K.G. Seit 1761 Berlin W8 Unter Den Linden 53'. The fitted base in dark blue velvet.

Condition report: Very good to excellent condition. 80% gold plate finish remaining, with silver showing through on the highlights. The attached swastika with diamonds in excellent condition.All nine diamonds present. The pin assembly functioning. The case with broken hinge and general wear to the exterior. The interior in excellent condition.

Background to Kapitan Wolfgang Lüth: Wolfgang Lüth (15 October 1913 – 14 May 1945) was the second most successful German U-boat captain of World War II. His career record of 46 merchant ships plus the French submarine Doris sunk during 15 war patrols, with a total displacement of 225,204 gross register tons (GRT), was second only to that of Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander) Otto Kretschmer, whose 47 sinkings totaled 273.043 GRT.

Lüth joined the Reichsmarine in 1933. After a period of training on surface vessels, he transferred to the U-boat service in 1936. In December 1939 Lüth received command of U-9, which he took on six war-patrols. In June 1940 Lüth took command of U-138 for two patrols. In October 1940 he transferred again, this time to the ocean-going submarine U-43 for five war-patrols. After two patrols on U-181, the second being his longest of the war, Lüth was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was the first of two U-boat commanders to be so honored during World War II, the other recipient being Albrecht Brandi.

Lüth's last service position was commander of the Naval Academy Mürwik near Flensburg. He was accidentally shot and killed by a German sentry on the night of 13/14 May 1945. On 16 May 1945, Lüth was given the last state funeral in the Third Reich.

Wolfgang Lüth (15 October 1913 – 14 May 1945) was the second most successful German U-boat captain of World War II. His career record of 46 merchant ships plus the French submarine Doris sunk during 15 war patrols, with a total displacement of 225,204 gross register tons (GRT),[1] was second only to that of Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander) Otto Kretschmer, whose 47 sinkings totaled 273.043 GRT.[2]
Lüth joined the Reichsmarine in 1933. After a period of training on surface vessels, he transferred to the U-boat service in 1936. In December 1939 he received command of U-9, which he took on six war-patrols. In June 1940 he took command of U-138 for two patrols. In October 1940 he transferred again, this time to the ocean-going submarine U-43 for five war-patrols. After two patrols on U-181, the second being his longest of the war, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was the first of two U-boat commanders to be so honored during World War II, the other recipient being Albrecht Brandi.
Lüth's last service position was commander of the Naval Academy Mürwik near Flensburg. He was accidentally shot and killed by a German sentry on the night of 13/14 May 1945. On 16 May 1945, Lüth was given the last state funeral in the Third Reich.[3]Wolfgang Lüth (15 October 1913 – 14 May 1945) was the second most successful German U-boat captain of World War II. His career record of 46 merchant ships plus the French submarine Doris sunk during 15 war patrols, with a total displacement of 225,204 gross register tons (GRT),was second only to that of Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander) Otto Kretschmer, whose 47 sinkings totaled 273.043 GRLüth joined the Reichsmarine in 1933. After a period of training on surface vessels, he transferred to the U-boat service in 1936. In December 1939 he received command of U-9, which he took on six war-patrols. In June 1940 Lüth took command of U-138 for two patrols. In October 1940 he transferred again, this time to the ocean-going submarine U-43 for five war-patrols. After two patrols on U-181, the second being his longest of the war, Lüth was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was the first of two U-boat commanders to be so honored during World War II, the other recipient being Albrecht Brandi

Provenance: Presented to Kapitan Wolfgang Lüth and retained by the Lüth family until 1962. During 1962, Lüth's U-Boat Badge with Diamonds, and his Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Swords & Diamonds were acquired indirectly from the family by the US Major, Jack Angolia. He kept the awards until the 1970s.

During the later 1970s, Angolia sold the U-Boat award with Diamonds to the well known US-based collector, Robert McCarthy. The award has remained within the McCarthy family to date. The award sold together with a signed letter from former Major Jack Angolia (dated July 2019) confirming the above details. Also included a signed letter from Robert McCarthy's wife, confirming the above details.

 

Price: POA

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