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Gift to Successful U-boat Commanders of WWII
Unique Gift to One of the Most Successful U-boat Commanders of WWII (Item KRIEG 10-31; VERY SPECIAL ITEM OF WWII)
|DESCRIPTION: This is a wonderful gift to Carl Emmermann (1915-1990), commanding officer of U-3037. Emmermann took command of U-172 in November of 1941, completing 5 patrols and sinking 26 ships for a total of 152,080 GRT. He became the commander of the 6th U-Boat Flotilla in November 1943, and in August 1944, became the chief of the Erprobungsgruppe TYP XXIII (testing group). In March-April 1945, he commanded the 31st U-Boat Flotilla in Hamburg. In the final days of the war, he took part in infantry duty around Hamburg as commander of Marine-Battalion Emmermann. After the war, he studied engineering and prospered in business. Kapitän Emmermann was born in Hamburg; raised and studied there and after his victories at sea he became one of the favorite sons of this the second-largest city in Germany, the city that somehow survived the murderous conflagrations by outright genocidal bombing by the British in their ‘”Mission to Europe.” Forty-five thousand human beings were incinerated—mostly civilians. This was planned by British Air Marshal Arthur “Bomber” Harris and approved by Prime Minister Churchill (May both of these war criminals be walking the hot coals even now!). We now offer the gift that the city gave to the returning hero on July 4, 1943, on the occasion of his receiving the oak leaves to the Knight’s Cross (Ritterkreuz). This was a very high accomplishment in those days of honor and glory. The statue is of Poseidon or Neptune, who was another highly honored hero of this famed seaport. Poseidon is one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology. His domain is the ocean and he is called the “God of the Sea.” He is usually depicted as an older male with curled hair and beard. They say the island of Atlantis was the chosen domain of Poseidon. When crossing the equator sailors of all nationalities get to “meet Poseidon” and many of his denizens of the deep. If you go on our site at KRIEG 10-5 and also the write-up just below it you will see some information about the ceremony that seamen recruits were obligated to go through when they crossed the equator in their ship (rare footage here).
The noble statue of Poseidon is crafted in a zinc-white metal because at that stage of the war bronze or brass was virtually unobtainable, but the detailing is still superb. He stands with his trident at the ready atop an angry sea monster that bellows in pain probably from being speared by Poseidon’s trident. The god sports a fish’s tail to cover his private parts. His beard flows in the salty ocean breeze; he stands on a marble plinth. Upon this is seen a plaque that says translated: “To Captain-Lieutenant Carl Emmermann and the men of the U-172. The heartfelt best wishes on the award of the oak leaves to the Knight’s Cross on June 4, 1943, from your home city of Hamburg.” The statue on the base is 19 inches high (not counting the arm raised holding the trident). Including this measurement would give it another 9 inches to the top of the weapon. The base measures 4½ x 4 inches. Here is an art piece that is both prodigiously beautiful and historically important. Let it be known that they who go down to the sea in ships (Psalm 107:23) are the bravest of the brave! What further can be said about heroism other than that 30,000 young U-boat sailors gave up their lives for Führer, Folk, Fatherland, and the sacred west. For a synopsis of Captain Emmermann's record as one of the "Top U-boat Aces," go here.
PRICE: $3,850.00; One of a kind
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