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13-923 POSTCARD OR ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM FROM LINIENSCHIFF S.M.S. ELASS. This is an interesting postcard or original photograph album from the Battleship S.M.S. Elass. The S. M. S. Elass was a part of the five-ship Braunschweig Battleship Class (Linienschiffe). She was commissioned in 1904. By the time WW I began, she was considered obsolete. She was assigned to the Baltic fleet under Prinz Heinrich’s command. The S.M.S. Elass participated in a couple of minor engagements with Russian ships, was used for coastal defense, and finally was anchored at Kiel, where she was used as a floating barracks. She was scrapped in 1936.
The album has a pebbled exterior and measures 16 ½" x 11" x 1 1/4," Embossed on the front cover is a shield with the S.M.S. Elass’s Coat-of-Arms. [Elass is the German word for Alsace, part of the Alsace-Lorraine territory along the French and German borders, with both French and German-speaking citizens. It was seized by Germany during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and returned to France in 1919 as a result of the Treaty of Versailles]. Along with its Coat-of-Arms, the album is imprinted in gold with "Linienschiff Elass."
The album is massive, with a total of thirty-five double pages. Each page has the capability of housing eight postcards or postcard-sized photographs. The album can accommodate a total of two hundred-eighty (280) photographs/postcards. Each page is shielded by a protective glassine sheet. The inside back cover sports a tag for the Wilhelmshaven shop where it was purchased.
The album is in excellent condition, overall. It is a unique artifact from the Kaiserliche Marine. It is a marvelous album for housing any postcard or photograph collection, especially a Navy one.
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Kaiserliche Marine Ships

 

 

44-319 S.M.S. ILTIS COLORIZED POSTCARD. The S.M.S. Iltis was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s most famous ships. She was also one of the smallest – but she and her crew had big hearts, especially on 17 June 1900, as you will see. The Iltis was a kanonenboot that was designed to patrol Germany’s and her Colonial empire’s waters and inland possessions. She was commissioned in 1898 and sent to China. She arrived during the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901). [It was a revolt against the foreign powers who by then were China’s de facto rulers. Most of the European powers were present, as well as Japan. The Boxers revolted against the unjust rule, accompanied by forces backed (on an informal basis) by the Chinese Empress. On 17 June 1900, a battle took place at the Taku Forts between Allied naval units and Chinese forces. The S.M.S. Iltis suffered substantial damage during the battle, although the Allies were victorious. Several of her crew were killed, while others were wounded, including her commander Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Lans.
Kaiser Wilhelm was ecstatic, not only with his colonial forces (which he had pushed for over von Bismarck’s objections), but with his beloved Navy. Therefore, on 24 June 1900 he awarded the PLM to Lans. Even more unprecedented, he awarded a PLM to the S.M.S. Iltis! From that point forward, the ship proudly wore an oversized PLM on the jack stand at the ship’s bow. The Iltis then continued to patrol the waters of China until 1914, when WW I led Germany’s East Asian Squadron (Ostasien Geschwader) to return home.
Our colorized postcard shows the S.M.S. Iltis at the height of the Battle of the Taku Forts. The Iltis is in the foreground, her twin battle ensigns flying proudly in the breeze. Smoke from her cannons partially covers the ship. The forts can be seen behind her, as well as another Allied ship. Several splashes are visible in the water around her. Below the ship is the legend "S.M.S. Iltis vor Taku am 17 Juni 1900." The scene comes from a painting by a noted German naval artist (I believe it is Claus Bergen). The postcard was not mailed, but does bear a rubber stamp from a Berlin postcard shop. $50.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-92 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. FRIEDRICH der GROßE POSTCARD. Battleship S. M. S. Friedrich der Große was one of the most modern battleships as WW I began. She was one of the four-ship "Kaiser" Class. The S. M. S. Friedrich der Große was assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 3. She participated with her sister battleships at the May/June 1916 Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). She was scuttled at Scapa Flow with the bulk of the German fleet, rather than surrender them to the allies. The postcard depicts the ship steaming at sea in profile. Some trailing ships appear behind her. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-93 KÜSTENPANZERSCHIFF S. M. S. FRITHJOF POSTCARD. The S. M. S. Frithjof was a part of the "Siegfried" Class of coastal defense ships. She was commissioned in 1893 at the beginning of the Kaiserliche Marine’s "battleship era." She was modernized early in the 20th Century, but in reality she did not have sufficient artillery to be a real threat. When WW I began, she was used for coastal defense. By 1916 she was deemed insufficient for that and was converted to a floating barracks. After the war, she was scrapped. The postcard shows her in profile entering a port or channel. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-95 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. FRIEDRICH der GROßE POSTCARD. Battleship S. M. S. Friedrich der Große was one of the most modern battleships as WW I began. She was one of the four-ship "Kaiser" Class. The S. M. S. Friedrich der Große was assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 3. She participated with her sister battleships at the May/June 1916 Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). She was scuttled at Scapa Flow with the bulk of the German fleet, rather than surrender them to the allies. The postcard shows the ship in profile steaming into a port. The German national flag can be seen at her stern, but NOT a kriegsflagge. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-98 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. CÖLN POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Cöln (Cologne). She was one of four ships in the small cruiser class headed by the S. M. S. Kolberg. She was commissioned in 1911. The Cöln was sunk at the First Battle of Heligoland Bight on 3 September 1914. Only one crew member from the S. M. S. Cöln survived. The postcard shows the ship steaming at sea. In the postcard’s upper left are some technical details about the ship. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-110 KL. GESCH. KREUZER S. M. S. BLITZ POSTCARD. This is a postcard for the S. M. S. Blitz. She was a significant ship in the Kaiserliche Marine. She was the lead ship of her two-ship class. She was considered an aviso and was the first steel-hulled ship in the German Navy. She was commissioned in 1883 while Kaiser Wilhelm I still ruled. She served as a Torpedoboot Flotilla flagship until about 1900. She also served as a forerunner of the small cruiser class. She saw little service during WW I and was scrapped after the war. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-111 KÜSTENPANZERSCHIFF S. M. S. BEOWULF POSTCARD. The S. M. S. Beowulf was a part of the "Siegfried" class of coastal defense ships. She was commissioned in 1892 at the beginning of the Kaiserliche Marine’s "battleship era." Interestingly, her first commander was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s brother. At the time, Heinrich was a Kapitän zur See (his U.S. Navy equivalent today might command an aircraft carrier). [Prinz Heinrich later rose to the rank of Großadmiral, one of six in the Kaiserliche Marine]. The Beowulf was modernized early in the 20th Century, but in reality she did not have sufficient artillery to be a real threat. When WW I began, she was used for coastal defense. Late in the war she served as an U-Boot target ship and as an icebreaker in the Baltic. After the war, she was scrapped. The postcard shows her in profile entering a port or channel. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-142 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. KAISER COLOR POSTCARD. This is a fine color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser. She was the lead ship of the "Kaiser" Class of battleships. As the ship was commissioned in 1912, she was among the Kaiserliche Marine’s most modern battleships. All four ships served in Battleship Squadron Nr 3. This battleship class was Germany’s first to be turbine-powered, which made her faster than earlier vessels. She served at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) from 31 May through 1June 1916, and suffered two minor hits. She had a crew of 1100 and carried Germany’s biggest naval cannons (30.5cm). The S. M. S. Kaiser was interned at Scapa Flow along with the bulk of the modern German fleet, where the ships were scuttled by their crews rather than hand them over to the British. The color postcard features the S. M. S. Kaiser in profile. Some technical information appears in the upper right corner. The postcard has never been mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-209 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. THÜRINGEN COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Thüringen. She was commissioned in 1911 and was assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 1. She was one of the four ships of the "Helgoland" battleship class. She fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) and after the war was delivered to the French. The ship is seen steaming in profile. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-247 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. ZÄHRINGEN POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Zähringen. She was commissioned in 1902 and was outmoded by the beginning of WW I. She was a part of the "Wittelsbach" battleship class. She served in minor roles during the war, but saw no combat. She is seen steaming out to sea from a port. Some technical details are located in the lower right corner. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-267 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. ZÄHRINGEN COLOR POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Zähringen. She was commissioned in 1902 and was outmoded by the beginning of WW I. She was a part of the "Wittelsbach" battleship class. She served in minor roles during the war, but saw no combat. She is seen steaming in to port. The postcard’s right side features a kriegsflagge, and the Kingdom of Baden’s flag and the ship’s name. The postcard was never mailed, but a message dated 1915 appears on the reverse. $20.00 nrOctober16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-269 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. LÜBECK COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Lübeck. She was commissioned in 1905, and was one of seven "Bremen" Class ships. She participated in the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). After the war she was delivered to England, where she was scrapped. The ship is seen steaming out of port. A kriegsflagge and the Free State of Lübeck’s flag appear on the left. While the postcard was never mailed, a message dated 1915 appears on the reverse. $20.00 nrOctober16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-297 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. POMMERN POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Pommern. She was commissioned in 1907, and was one of the older battleships that saw WW I fleet service. She was one of the five ships of the "Deutschland" battleship class. She saw action at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak), where she was sunk by British torpedoes on 1 June 1916. She is seen steaming at sea. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-307 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. AUGSBURG POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Augsburg. She was one of the four ships of the "Kolberg" Class. She saw extensive service in the Baltic in operations against Russia. She was delivered to Japan after WW I. The ship was scrapped in the Netherlands in 1922. She is seen steaming under the bridge at Levensauer Hochbrücke. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-317 KLEINER KREUZER DANZIG WITH TORPEDOBOOT COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard that was produced as a painting. It shows the small cruiser S. M. S. Danzig in company with a Torpedoboot. She was one of seven ships of the "Bremen" Class of small cruisers. She was commissioned in 1907 and saw action at the Battle of Heligoland. She also saw extensive fleet service in the Baltic. It is interesting to note that her final commander was Korvettenkapitän Prinz Adalbert von Preußen. Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons to serve in the Kaiserliche Marine. He held that command from May 1917 through March 1918. After the war, the S. M. S. Danzig was delivered to England and scrapped. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-312 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. UNDINE POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Undine. She was one of ten ships of the "Gazelle" Light Cruiser Class. She was assigned to fleet duties in the Baltic early in WW I. She was sunk of 7 November 1915 by British submarine E19. The postcard shows the ship steaming at sea. It was mailed from Kiel in 1924. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-313 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. RHEINLAND COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Rheinland. She was commissioned in 1910 as one of the four ships of the "Nassau" Battleship Class. She was assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 1 and served at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak), where she suffered one hit from British gunfire. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-138 POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM der GROßE. This is a postcard depicting the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm der Große, one of the five ships within the Kaiser Friedrich III Klasse. She was commissioned in 1901. She was a relic that saw little WW I service. After the war she was scrapped at Kiel. She is shown at anchor, with a number of launches beside her. The postcard was not used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-139 POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II. The ship was commissioned in 1902 and served as the fleet flagship until 1906. She saw little service in WW I and was used as the Fleet Commander’s Wilhelmshaven office ship. She was scrapped in 1922 at Hamburg.  She is depicted in profile under steam. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-141 POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. FRIEDRICH III. This postcard is of the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Friedrich III. [Friedrich was Kaiser Wilhelm I’s son and Kaiser Wilhelm II’s father. He is known as the "99-Day Kaiser," as his rule spanned a brief three-month period during 1888, when Germany had three Kaisers within ninety-nine days]. She was commissioned in 1898, but by WW I she had become an outmoded relic. The S. M. S. Friedrich III was the lead battleship of a five-ship class. It was assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 5 along with other older ships. It was used in minor operations early in the war, then as a prison ship, and finally as a floating barracks. It was scrapped in 1920.  The ship is depicted going through the Kaiser Canal. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-143 COLOR POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. KAISERIN. This is a color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiserin. It was named for Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s wife. She was one of four ships of the Kaiser Klasse. She was commissioned in 1913 and saw service at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht) as a part of Battleship Squadron Nr 3. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow in 1919 with the bulk of the newer and larger German ships.  The ship is shown in profile under steam. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-150 POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. FRIEDRICH der GROßE. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Friedrich der Große. She was commissioned in 1912 and was a part of the four-ship Kaiser Klasse. She saw extensive service as part of Battleship Squadron Nr 3, including the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). She was scuttled in 1919 at Scapa Flow along with the bulk of Germany’s newer and larger ships.  The postcard is very decorative. It includes a kriegsflagge in its upper left corner and patriotic sayings. The postcard was issued for the German Red Cross’ benefit. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-184 POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. RHEINLAND. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Rheinland. She was commissioned in 1910. Along with her three sister ships of the Nassau Klasse, she formed the I Battleship Squadron. She fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht) and suffered one hit from British gunfire. Interestingly, she had four turrets: one in the center afore-ships and one in the center astern, then two off-center on the port side, an interesting arrangement.  She is depicted in profile from the port side, since she is in a harbor with small boats coming and going from her. The postcard was never mailed, but the technical details are printed in the upper left corner. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-185 POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. RHEINLAND. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Rheinland. She was commissioned in 1910. Along with her three sister ships of the Nassau Klasse, she formed the I Battleship Squadron. She fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht) and suffered one hit from British gunfire. Interestingly, she had four turrets: one in the center afore-ships and one in the center astern, then two off-center on the port side, an interesting arrangement.  She is seen steaming in profile from the port side. The postcard was never mailed, but the technical details are printed in the upper left corner. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-196 COLOR POSTCARD OF S. M. S. ODIN. This is a color postcard of the S. M. S. Odin. She was a Küstenpanzerschiff that was intended for coastal defense and patrol. She was the last type of ship built by the German Navy before they shifted to producing true battleships. The color postcard shows the S. M. S. Odin in a later configuration, as originally she only had one funnel, and here she has two. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-198 COLOR POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. OSTFRIESLAND. This is a color postcard of the battleship S. M. S. Ostfriesland. She was part of the four-ship Helgoland Klasse. She was commissioned in 1911 and was part of Battleship Squadron Nr 1 at WW I’s beginning. She participated in the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht) and was undamaged. However, while returning to port she struck a mine and was repaired upon her arrival. After WW I she was turned over to the U.S. Navy. In 1921, she was the first battleship to be sunk by aircraft off Virginia’s coast. The airplanes were commanded by General Billy Mitchell. [Mitchell was later court-martialed by the military for his strong views about aircraft. He correctly predicted that Japan would strike the U.S. Navy. The B-24 medium bomber later was named for him].  The postcard shows the ship steaming at sea. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-205 POSTCARD OF KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. STETTIN. This is a postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Stettin.  The ship was commissioned in 1907. She served both at the Battle of Helgoland and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). At Jutland, she served as Reconnaissance Group Nr 4's (4. Aufklärungsgruppe) flagship. After Skagerrakschlacht, she was relegated to duty in a submarine school. She was scrapped by England in 1920 after the Germans had to hand her over.  This postcard shows her at the Rendsburger Hochbrücke. It was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-206 POSTCARD OF KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. STETTIN. This is a postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Stettin. [Stettin was the name of the Kingdom of Saxony’s ruling family]. The ship was commissioned in 1907. She served both at the Battle of Helgoland and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). At Jutland, she served as Reconnaissance Group Nr 4's (4. Aufklärungsgruppe) flagship. After Skagerrakschlacht, she was relegated to duty in a submarine school. She was scrapped by England in 1920 after the Germans had to hand her over.  This postcard shows her at sea. It was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-207 POSTCARD OF KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. STETTIN. This is a postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Stettin. [Stettin was the name of the Kingdom of Saxony’s ruling family]. The ship was commissioned in 1907. She served both at the Battle of Helgoland and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). At Jutland, she served as Reconnaissance Group Nr 4's (4. Aufklärungsgruppe) flagship. After Skagerrakschlacht, she was relegated to duty in a submarine school. She was scrapped by England in 1920 after the Germans had to hand her over.  This postcard shows her at the Rendsburger Hochbrücke. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-212 POSTCARD OF S. M. S. GROßER KREUZER VIKTORIA LUISE. This is a postcard of the heavy cruiser S. M. S. Viktoria Luise. She was the lead ship of the Hertha-Klasse. She was commissioned in 1899. She served in the fleet from that time until before WW I. In spite of several refits she was set aside for being outmoded. When WW I began, she was used for coastal defense and then as a floating barracks. She was scrapped in 1923.  The postcard shows her at rest off the coast. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-213 POSTCARD OF S. M. S. GROßER KREUZER VINETA. This is a postcard of the heavy cruiser S. M. S. Vineta. She was one of the five heavy cruisers of the Hertha-Klasse. She was commissioned in 1899. She served in the fleet from that time until before WW I. In spite of several refits she was set aside for being outmoded. When WW I began, she was used for coastal defense and then as a floating barracks. She was scrapped in 1920.  The postcard shows her at rest off the coast. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-214 POSTCARD OF SCHLACHTKREUZER VON der TANN. This is a postcard of the heavy cruiser Von der Tann. The Von der Tann was commissioned in 1910 and was the lead ship of her class. She was the flagship of Reconnaissance Group Nr 1 (1. Aufklärungsgruppe). She served in both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and participated in virtually all of WW I’s naval battles and actions. At the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht), she again led 1. Aufklärungsgruppe, suffering several hits, many fatalities and many wounded sailors. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow by her crew in 1919.  The postcard shows her in profile. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-215 POSTCARD OF LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. WÖRTH. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Wörth. She was one of the four ships of the Brandenburg Klasse. She was commissioned in 1893. Along with her sister ships, she was the first true battleship that Germany possessed. At the time she was a part of Battleship Squadron Nr 1. She was named for the famous August 1870 battle of the Franco-Prussia War. The S. M. S. Wörth was sent to China in 1900 and participated in the 1900/1901 Boxer Rebellion. Since she was outdated, she was retired from service but was returned to active duty during WW I’s early years. After 1915 she was used as a floating barracks, then was scrapped in 1919.  The postcard shows her steaming at sea, with some basic information about her listed at the postcard’s bottom. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-216 COLOR POSTCARD OF SCHLACHTKREUZER VON der TANN. This is a postcard of the heavy cruiser Von der Tann. The Von der Tann was commissioned in 1910 and was the lead ship of her class. She was the flagship of Reconnaissance Group Nr 1 (1. Aufklärungsgruppe). She served in both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and participated in virtually all of WW I’s naval battles and actions. At the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht), she again led 1. Aufklärungsgruppe, suffering several hits, many fatalities and many wounded sailors. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow by her crew in 1919.  The color postcard shows her in profile. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-144 S. M. S. IRENE POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the S. M. S. Irene, a protected cruiser (Kreuzerkorvette) that was launched in 1888. The Imperial German Navy was small and insignificant at the point when the S. M. S. Irene was authorized during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign. He felt Germany did not need much of a Navy, and concentrated on his army instead. After her commissioning, the S. M. S. Irene accompanied Kaiser Wilhelm II’s yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, during the 1890's. She was also sent to Asia. She even turned up at the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay, shortly after Admiral Dewey’s fleet thrashed the Spanish. The postcard shows the S. M. S. Irene under power in profile. It has never been used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

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44-145 COLORIZED POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. KAISER FRIEDRICH III. This is a colorized postcard of the battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Friedrich III. Friedrich III (1831-1888) was Germany’s second Kaiser. He was Kaiser Wilhelm I’s son and Kaiser Wilhelm II’s father. He was a very effective military commander in the 1865 Danish War, the 1866 war against Austria and her German allies, and the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War. Friedrich III served as Kaiser for only ninety-nine days and die at the age of fifty-six from cancer of the larynx. His son named a battleship for Kaiser Friedrich III. She was commissioned in 1898, but by the time WW I began she was totally out-of-date. She only was used for harbor defense and as a floating barracks. The postcard has some information, including a pencilled signature. It never was mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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44-146 POSTCARD OF KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. HAMBURG. This is a postcard of the Kleiner Kreuzer (light cruiser) S. M. S. Hamburg. She was a part of the Bremen Kleiner Kreuzer Klasse. During the 20th Century’s first ten years she was in constant use as a escort ship for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. During WW I she served as a U-Boot flotilla commander’s flagship during operations around Helgoland Island and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). The postcard depicts the S. M. S. Hamburg cruising under power and in profile. It was never used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

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44-147 POSTCARD OF HEAVY CRUISER S. M. S. HERTA. This is a postcard of the S. M. S. Herta. She was a part of the five-ship Viktoria Luise Großer Kreuzer Klasse (Heavy Cruiser Class). These ships were the precursors of the German Navy’s battle cruisers. The S. M. S. Herta did see service in the Indian Ocean and Asia. These ships were unsuitable for service during WW I. The Herta spent her time as a patrol boat and a ship’s barracks. The postcard depicts the ship in profile. It was never used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-148 POSTCARD OF KANONENBOOT S. M. S. JAGUAR. This is a postcard for the S. M. S. Jaguar. She was a Kaiserliche Marine Kanonenboot (gunboat), part of the six-boat Iltis Class that saw overseas service. Four of the six were destroyed at Tsingtau in 1914 when German forces surrendered to the Japanese. [The S. M. S. Iltis was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s most famous ships. She and her commander both received the Orden Pour le Mérite from a grateful Kaiser during China’s Boxer Rebellion. The postcard shows the S. M. S. Jaguar in profile. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-151 POSTCARD FOR S. M. S. GAZELLE. This is a postcard for the S. M. S. Gazelle which was a Kleiner Kreuzer (Small/Light Cruiser.) She was the lead ship of her self-named class of ten ships built in the early 20th Century. The Gazelle saw little service in WW I and was scrapped in 1920. The postcard shows the vessel steaming along in profile. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-156 POSTCARD OF S. M. S. FUCHS. This is a postcard of the S. M. S. Fuchs (Fox). She served as a tender and an artillery school training vessel. She was commissioned in 1906 and served constantly until 1914, when her role was reduced. The postcard depicts the vessel under power in profile. It was never mailed or used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-159 POSTCARD OF S. M. S. GREIF. This is a postcard for the S. M. S. Greif, which was considered an aviso (dispatch-boat). It was commissioned in 1887. Before the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was built, Kaiser Wilhelm II often used the Greif. It was also intended for use as a small escort ship for battleships, to protect them from small torpedo boats or fast escorts. It also served, for a time, as the flagship of the 1st Battleship Squadron. It did not prove successful in its role as protector, since it handled poorly in heavy seas. It was removed from service well before WW I and saw no service in the war. The postcard shows the S. M. S. Greif in profile at anchor. It was never used or mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

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44-161 COLORIZED POSTCARD FOR KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. HAMBURG. This is a color postcard of Kleiner Kreuzer (Small/Light Cruiser) S. M. S. Hamburg. She was a part of the Bremen Light Cruiser Class. During the 20th Century’s first ten years, she was used as a constant escort ship for Kaiser Wilhelm II and his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. During WW I she served as a U-Boot flotilla commander’s flagship during operations around Helgoland Island and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). This color postcard (which actually comes from a painting) shows the S. M. S. Hamburg in profile, cruising under power. A small sail boat paces her. It was never used. $25.00

 

 

 

 

 

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44-162 POSTCARD OF S. M. S. GRILLE. This is a postcard of the S. M. S. Grille. She was considered an aviso (dispatch-boat) that was French built in 1857. She was used as a royal yacht in the 1860's. She even saw action against the French in the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War. She was originally built as a three masted schooner with steam power as well. Later she was modernized and one of her three masts was removed. She was used in a number of roles, although none were active during WW I. When she was dismantled during 1920 in Hamburg, she was the German Navy’s oldest ship. The postcard shows the Grille in profile at anchor. It depicts her in a later incarnation with one of her masts removed. The postcard has never been used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

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44-163 POSTCARD FOR KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. HAMBURG. This is a postcard of the Kleiner Kreuzer (light cruiser) S. M. S. Hamburg. She was a part of the Bremen Kleiner Kreuzer Klasse. During the 20th Century’s first ten years she was in constant use as a escort ship for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. During WW I she served as a U-Boot flotilla commander’s flagship during operations around Helgoland Island and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). The postcard shows the vessel sailing under a bridge, with Prinz Heinrich of Prussia aboard. It was never used $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-164 POSTCARD FOR S. M. S. GROßHERZOGIN ELISABETH. This is a postcard of the sailing ship S. M. S. Großherzogin (Grand Duchess) Elisabeth (named for the same Mecklenburg-Schwerin royal). She was built in 1909 as a training ship, and HAS an interesting history. Yes, you read that correctly. She not only survived both WW I and WW II, but remains active today as a Dutch sailing group’s training vessel. She even served as a cruise ship during the 1970's. She is a remarkably elegant-looking ship with a fascinating history. This postcard shows her gracefully under sail. It was never used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-165 KÜSTENPANZERSCHIFF S. M. S. FRITHJOF COLOR POSTCARD. The S. M. S. Frithjof was a part of coastal defense ships’ "Siegfried" Class. She was commissioned in 1893 at the beginning of the Kaiserliche Marine’s "battleship era." She was modernized early in the 20th Century, but in reality she did not have sufficient artillery to be a real threat. When WW I began, she was used for coastal defense. By 1916 she was deemed insufficient for that and was converted to a floating barracks. After the war, she was scrapped. The color postcard’s reverse displays NO marks, nor was a message written. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-167 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. MAGDEBURG POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the Small or Light Cruiser S. M. S. Magdeburg. She was the lead ship of that class, which had a total of four ships, and was commissioned in 1912. She was lost early in WW I, when stranded on some rocks in August 1914. The postcard shows her under steam. The upper left corner has a description of her technical specs. The postcard has no writing on the reverse. It was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-168 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. MECKLENBURG POSTCARD. The battleship S. M. S. Mecklenburg was the last of the battleships launched before a new design was introduced in 1909. Heavier artillery was added, along with more armor. The Wittelsbach Class (of which the S. M. S. Mecklenburg was a part) however, still was a solid design. When WW I started, the S. M. S. Mecklenburg patrolled the coastal waters of Germany. Later, she was reduced to housing POW’s, a boring fate for both German and Allied sailors. This postcard shows her at rest in a channel, where she is taking on supplies from tenders. Information about her technical specs was penned in black ink where the stamp normally was placed. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-171 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. MARKGRAF POSTCARD. At WW I’s outbreak, the Battleship S. M. S. Markgraf was one of the German Navy’s most powerful, along with her three sister ships in the König Battleship Class. She was commissioned in October 1914. All four ships within the König Battleship Class were assigned to the 3rd Battleship Squadron. The squadron fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht to the Germans) from 31 May through 1 June 1916. She took five hits during the battle. After WW I’s end, she (along with all newer German battleships and battle cruisers), was supposed to be surrendered to the British. Instead, the German crews scuttled them all at Scapa Flow in 1919. The postcard shows the ship in profile under steam. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-174 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. LÜBECK COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the small cruiser S. M. S. Lübeck. She was commissioned in 1905, and was one of seven Bremen Small Cruiser Class ships. She participated in the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). After the war she was delivered to England, where she was scrapped in 1922. The postcard shows her steaming at sea with smoke boiling out of all three funnels. The postcard was never mailed, but its upper left corner displays printed technical information about her. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-176 FLOTTENBUND DEUTSCHER FRAUEN E. V. - ORTSGRUPPE DESSAU COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard that comes from a painting. It shows several British ships involved in a naval action along with the German ship S. M. S. Königin Luise. Explosions are going off in the water, and the ship in the foreground has been hit. The postcard is sponsored by the Erbprinzessin (Hereditary Princess) Leopold von Anhalt. The painting was done by Professor Hans Rudolf Schulze. A message is written on the reverse dated 8 December 1915. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-173 KÜSTENPANZERSCHIFF S. M. S. ODIN POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the S. M. S. Odin, a Küstenpanzerschiff that was intended for coastal defense and patrol. She was the last ship type built by the German Navy before they shifted to producing true battleships. She was commissioned in 1896 as part of the Siegfried Coastal Defense Ship Class. She performed this same task through the end of WW I, then was sold for non military uses. She was scrapped in the 1930's. The postcard features a most interesting study of what battleships looked like before the big naval buildup under Admiral von Tirpitz and Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-179 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. KOLBERG POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the Small or Light Cruiser S. M. S. Kolberg. She was the lead ship of the four ship Kolberg Class. She was commissioned in 1910. She saw extensive service during WW I, including the Battle of Heligoland, the Battle of Doggerbank, and the Battle of the Baltic Islands. After WW I she was delivered to the French, who used her in their Navy until 1927. She was then scrapped in 1929. In this postcard she is seen anchored off the coast of some nation. Tenders are seen coming and going from her. She has two kriegsflagges hoisted at her stern and amidships. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-180 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II. She was commissioned in 1902 and was the second of five ships in the Kaiser Friedrich III Battleship Class. She served as the fleet flagship from 1902-1906. With WW I’s outbreak she and her four sister ships were relegated to coastal defense. In 1915, she was withdrawn from service and returned to Wilhelmshaven. Until the war’s end, she served as the offices for the High Seas Fleet Commander. She was scrapped in 1922 at Hamburg. The postcard comes from a color painting. The postcard is rendered in color as well. She is seen steaming toward the viewer. It was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-243 S. M. S. TORPEDOBOOT G. 135 POSTCARD. This is a postcard of Torpedoboot G. 135. She was a part of the 1898 Torpedoboot Class. In the Kaiserliche Marine, a Torpedoboot served the same role as a U.S. Navy Destroyer. This postcard view is vertical. The ship is steaming right at the viewer. The G. 135 survived the war, was sold, and then scrapped in 1921. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-251 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. KURFÜRST FRIEDRICH WILHELM POSTCARD. This postcard shows the Battleship Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm. She was commissioned in 1897. One of her first commanders was Kapitän zur See von Holtzendorff. He became the Navy’s overall commander (the same role as Alfred von Tirpitz) and was the Kaiserliche Marine’s final Großadmiral. In 1910, she was sold to Turkey. In 1915, she was sunk by the British submarine E 11. The postcard was never mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-260 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. THÜRINGEN COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Thüringen. She was commissioned in 1911 and assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 1, along with her sister battleships. She was one of the four ships in the Heligoland Battleship Class. She fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) in 1916 (where she suffered no damage) and in several other lesser sorties later in the war. She was handed over to the French after the war’s end. They used her for target practice. Following that, she was scrapped.
This postcard is quite interesting as it shows the ship steaming in profile. The postcard’s right portion carries full color renditions of the kriegsflagge, as well as Saxony’s flag and Coat-of-Arms. The reverse shows it was mailed in 1913 through the post office. It is a lovely card.
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44-262 KLEINER KREUZER S. M. S. STETTIN COLOR POSTCARD. During the Imperial German Period, "Stettin" was a port on the Baltic Sea in far eastern Germany’s Duchy of Pomerania. It was made part of Poland following WW II and renamed "Szczecin." This is a color postcard of the small (light) cruiser S. M. S. Stettin. She was commissioned in 1907 and served as the Stettin Kleiner Kreuzer Klass’s lead ship. The S. M. S. Stettin served in the 4th Reconnaissance Group at the Battle of Heligoland and the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). After WW I ended, she was delivered to England.
The postcard features her at anchor off land, and in the company of at least one other ship. To her left is a kriegsflagge with S. M. S. Stettin on a partial white life preserver. Below that is the city’s flag and Coat-of-Arms. The reverse reveals an interesting message, as well as the fact it was sent through the Navy’s mail system. The message is dated 31 May 1915, exactly one year before the Battle of Jutland began.
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44-263 LINIENSCHIFF S. M. S. SCHWABEN COLOR POSTCARD. This a color postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Schwaben. She was commissioned in 1904. Much of her early career was spent on fleet and gunnery training. When the war began in 1914, she was assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 4. She performed mostly coastal defense along with other older ships. She also served as a fleet tender in the war’s later years.
The color postcard shows the S. M. S. Schwaben in profile. Below that is a kriegsflagge and an S. M. S. Schwaben partial life preserver. Swabia was a territory with roots in both Bavaria and Württemberg. Below the kriegsflagge are Württemberg’s flag and Coat-of-Arms. A message written on the reverse is dated 17 August 1915 from the port city of Kiel. The postcard was not mailed, however.
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44-264 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. WESTFALEN COLOR POSTCARD. This is a postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Westfalen. She was named for the Prussian province of Westphalia. The ship was commissioned in 1909 and was one of the four ships of the Nassau Battleship Class, and a part of the 1st Battleship Squadron. She fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) from 31 May through 1 June 1916. She took a major part in the overall action’s night battle, and was a big help in saving the fleet, which retreated to the port of Wilhelmshaven. She spent the balance of the war on minor operations in the Baltic against the Russians.
She was scrapped in 1924. The postcard shows the ship steaming in profile. To the left we see a Prussian Naval Ensign and Westphalia’s flag. Above the two flags is a S. M. S. Westfalen pennant. These flags are seen on a small spit of land. A lighted buoy and a white life preserver form part of the montage.
The postcard’s reverse reveals a Feldpost message that was processed through the Navy’s postal service. The message was written by a sailor who served on the S. M. S. Derfflinger. She was a Battle Cruiser that saw extensive service at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak), where she was credited with sinking two British Battle Cruisers. She took more than twenty major hits and returned to port with 157 dead sailors. She was interned at Scapa Flow in 1918 and was scuttled along with the rest of the front-line German fleet. It appears that the postmark is from January 1916, several months from WW I’s biggest naval battle. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-266 SCHLACHTKREUZER S. M. S. VON Der TANN COLOR POSTCARD. This is a color postcard of the Battle Cruiser S. M. S. Von Der Tann. She was commissioned in 1910 and was the lead ship of her class. She was the flagship of Reconnaissance Group Nr 1 (1. Aufklärungsgruppe) under the command of Konteradmiral Franz (later von) Hipper. She served in both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, participating in virtually all of WW I’s naval battles and actions. At the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht), she again led the 1. Aufklärungsgruppe, and in the engagement’s opening minutes sank the British battle cruiser H. M. S. Indefatigable. She also suffered several hits, many fatalities and many wounded sailors. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow by her crew in 1919. At WW I’s end, she surrendered to the British, along with the High Seas Fleet’s front-line ships. Rather than allowing their ships to fall into British hands, the High Seas Fleet’s crews scuttled them.
The postcard shows the S. M. S. Von Der Tann steaming in profile. To the left we see the kriegsflagge and the German national flag with a half white life preserver emblazoned with S. M. S. Von Der Tann. Below this we see a shield with the Hohenzollern Eagle. The postcard was never mailed.
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44-271 SCHLACHTSCHIFF S. M. S. MARKGRAF COLOR POSTCARD. The Battleship S. M. S. Markgraf was, along with the other three members of the König Battleship Class, the most powerful battleship in the German Navy at WW I’s outbreak. She was commissioned in October 1914 and assigned to the 3rd Battleship Squadron with her three sister ships. This squadron fought at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak to the Germans) from 31 May through 1 June 1916. She took five hits at the battle. Like all of the newer battleships and battle cruisers, she surrendered to the British after WW I, and was scuttled at Scapa Flow in 1919. This color postcard shows the ship in profile under steam. To the left is the kriegsflagge, and below that the Markgraf’s flag and Coat-of-Arms. It was never mailed. $20.00nrOctober16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-277 S. M. TORPEDOSCHULSCHIFF BLÜCHER. This is a postcard of the S. M. Torpedoschulschiff Blücher. She was commissioned in 1878 as a part of the Bismarck Class. She was originally intended to be a Corvette or Frigate. While she was steam-powered, she was also a three-masted sailing ship. Once completed, her use was changed to that of a school for sailors who would be serving aboard Torpedoboots. The postcard shows this handsome ship in profile sailing and under steam. As was the custom with early postcards, a message was written on its obverse. The reverse has the recipient’s address and a stamp. The postcard was written in 1901 Kiel, then sent to Berlin. It probably is the earliest German Navy postcard that we have ever offered. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-166 POSTCARD OF MINELAYER S. M. S. NAUTILUS. This is a postcard of the Minelayer S. M. S. Nautilus. She was commissioned in 1907 following the successful use of mines during the Russo-Japanese War. During WW I she undertook minelaying operations in the North Sea against England, as well as off the Baltic Sea against the Russians. The postcard shows her steaming in profile near a wharf. It has never been used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-219 POSTCARD OF TORPEDOBOOT V-187. This is a postcard of Torpedoboot V-187. She was commissioned in 1911. She was the larger of two types of Torpedoboots, and was used for the fleet’s open water protection rather than coastal protection. She was sunk in the North Sea by British cruisers and destroyers on 28. 8. 14. She is seen in profile near some larger German ships. The postcard was never used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-220 POSTCARD OF TORPEDOBOOT V-156. This is a postcard of Torpedoboot V-156. She was commissioned in 1908. She was the larger of two types of Torpedoboots, and was used for the fleet’s open water protection rather than coastal protection. She served in the Kaiserliche Marine, Reichsmarine, and the Kriegsmarine. The postcard depicts her in profile, underway and steaming hard. It was never used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-283 POSTCARD FOR S. M. S. MOLTKE. This is a postcard for the S. M. S. Moltke. She was a battle cruiser, the lead ship of the Moltke Battle Cruiser Class. She was commissioned in 1911. She saw action at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) and suffered light damage. She was scuttled in 1919 at Scapa Flow, along with the German Navy’s better ships. The postcard depicts her in profile, tied up to a wharf. It was not used. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-315 POSTCARD FOR S. M. S. DEUTSCHLAND. This is a fine postcard of the Battleship S. M. S. Deutschland. She was the lead ship of the Deutschland Battleship Class. She was commissioned in 1906 and served as the fleet flagship until 1913. She served proudly at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) in 1916. In August, she was decommissioned and served as a floating barracks until the war’s end. She was scrapped in 1922. The postcard depicts her in profile, under steam with a tender at her stern. Although it was never mailed, the postcard features a couple of collector notes in the reverse’s upper right corner. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

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44-87 COLOR POSTCARD KAISER WILHELM II’S ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. HOHENZOLLERN PASSING UNDER LEVENSAU BRIDGE ON KAISER WILHELM KANAL. This is a fine color postcard that shows the royal yacht S. M. Y. Hohenzollern as she passes under the Levensau Bridge on the Kaiser Wilhelm Kanal. The canal was an outlet to Kiel, then to the Baltic Sea. It saved about 250 nautical miles and eliminated rounding Denmark’s Jutland Point. The royal yacht was white with gold trim, and exemplified Germany’s power and prestige wherever. She sailed. The postcard was not mailed. $25.00

 

 

 

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44-89 POSTCARD WITH KAISER WILHELM II’S ROYAL YACHT S.M.Y. (S. M. S.) HOHENZOLLERN. This is one of the ever-popular postcards of the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, which was also known as the S. M. S. Hohenzollern. It shows the royal yacht traveling through a canal and under the Hochbrücke Bridge at Rendsburg. The majestic, white, royal yacht is steaming down the canal’s center. On the reverse, we see that the postcard was mailed by Feldpost in 1918. $20.00 

 

 

 

 

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38-1334 POSTCARD - S.M.Y. METEOR. This is a postcard of the S.M.Y. Meteor. Kaiser Wilhelm II had a lifelong interest in the sea. He kept several yachts at his disposal. The S.M.Y. Hohenzollern was a large motorized yacht that took the Kaiser all over Europe. Another of his yachts was the sailing ship S.M.Y. Meteor. The Kaiser enjoyed sailboat racing. He was the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s leading member. $25.00

 

 

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44-61 COLOR POSTCARD - ROYAL RACING SLOOP S.M.Y. METEOR. This a color postcard of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop, the S.M.Y. Meteor. The Meteor was formerly the Scottish racing sloop Thistle. The Thistle served as an America’s Cup Challenger for Scotland. She was sold to the Kaiser in 1891 and used for his racing with the Kaiserliche Yacht Club. When she was retired, she was renamed the S. M. S. Comet and used as a training ship. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-52 COLOR POSTCARD - S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN. This is a color postcard of Kaiser Wilhelm’s opulent yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The postcard was mailed in 1912. $25.00

 

 

 

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38-1597 COLOR POSTCARD - TORPEDOBOOT SAILING WITH FLEET. This color postcard shows a torpedoboot running with the German fleet. Several larger ships can be seen on the postcard. It was mailed from Kiel as a Feldpostkarte in 1916. $20.00

 

 

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44-58 POSTCARD - S.M.S. KRONPRINZ. This postcard shows the S.M.S. Kronprinz. It was a battleship of the König Class. A total of four ships were in the class, all assigned to Battleship Squadron Nr 3. All four ships served at the Battle of Jutland. They were all damaged to some extent, but were able to return to port. All four were scuttled at Scapa Flow in 1919. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44-71 POSTCARD - U-1. This is a fascinating postcard of the U-1, Germany’s first U-Boot. She was launched in 1906 and saw NO action during WW I. She was used as a training boat, however. She is shown sailing into Kiel’s harbor. She was scrapped after the war, but was saved for display. Today, she appears in Munich’s Deutsche Museum. Its side has been cut out for better viewing, as visitors are not allowed onto it. The card sports two small bends in its upper left and right corners. It was mailed in 1908. $25.00
 

 

 

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44-31 POSTCARD - U-BOOTE - TWO SAILORS. This postcard has two separate scenes. At the top are several U-Boote on the surface. On the bottom we see two sailors on lookout, with a kriegsflagge behind them. The reverse shows the postcard was mailed in February 1919. $25.00

 

 

 

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44-84 ORIGINAL POSTCARD - S.M.S. KÖNIGSBERG. The S.M.S. Königsberg was dispatched to Africa shortly before WW I began. Once war was declared, she began raiding Allied ships in the Indian Ocean. She also heavily damaged a British cruiser in the Zanzibar harbor. She then moved up the Rufiji River and dropped anchor to get away from the English. In what became a game of cat versus mouse, the Königsberg prepared her hiding place to repulse all English attacks. To that end, the crew removed machine guns and small guns from the ship and prepared defensive positions facing the Indian Ocean. 
The English tried their best. The battle lasted from October 1914 through July 1915. The English finally sent two "Monitors" from home with 150mm mortars aboard. They were able to lob in sufficient shells to sink the German ship. The sinking was completed by the German crew. All her guns and other serviceable gear were removed then handed over to Oberstleutnant Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. These cannons, along with the S.M.S. Königsberg’s surviving crew members, aided von Lettow-Vorbeck until the war’s end. [He was later promoted to Generalmajor and awarded the PLM]. German forces in East Africa never surrendered until after the war ended. 
Today we are offering an original postcard of the S.M.S. Königsberg under steam. The Königsberg served as an inspiration to Germans, both in Africa and back in Germany. It was one of WW I’s most unique naval history stories.
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38-1757 POSTCARD - OFFICERS - CREW - U-BOAT "DEUTSCHLAND." This postcard shows the officers and crew of the U-Boat Deutschland on the deck of their vessel. The Deutschland was a cargo U-Boat, which brought needed supplies to Germany under the British blockade. She was not a part of the Kaiserliche Marine, but a member of Germany’s merchant fleet. Her Kapitän was Paul König. This postcard was removed from a photo album. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1761 POSTCARD - OFFICERS - CREW - U-BOAT "BREMEN." This postcard shows the officers and crew of the U-Boat Bremen on the deck of their vessel. The Bremen was a cargo U-Boat, which brought needed supplies to Germany under the British blockade. She was not a part of the Kaiserliche Marine, but a member of Germany’s merchant fleet. This postcard was removed from a photo album. $20.00

 

 

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38-1837 POSTCARD - CREW AND CAPTAIN - U-DEUTSCHLAND - ON DECK. The U-Deutschland was a unique vessel. She was a cargo submarine, and not a combat vessel. This was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in August 1916. $20.00jbAugust16

 

 

 

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38-1595 POSTCARD - TORPEDOBOOT - HIGH SEAS. This postcard shows a torpedoboot running alone in high seas. On the reverse we see that the postcard was mailed in 1917 to a young Berlin woman. $15.00

 

 

 

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Admirals & Kaiserliche Marine Officers

 

44-36 COLOR POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL von TIRPITZ. Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the architect of the modern German Navy. He served as Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, the Kaiserliche Marine’s powerful administrative branch, from 1897 until 1916. He was also a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

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44-37 POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the architect of the modern German Navy. He served as Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, the Kaiserliche Marine’s powerful administrative branch, from 1897 until 1916. He was also a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1915. $20.00

 

 

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44-77 POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1830) was one of only six Germans granted Großadmiral status. He served as Secretary of State of the Imperial German Navy from 1897 through 1916. He was the architect of the modernized German Navy. Von Tirpitz tried to challenge the English Fleet’s superiority with two major expansions. When it became clear this was NOT succeeding, he expanded the U-Boot Fleet. Von Tirpitz supported unrestricted submarine warfare. Ultimately, Kaiser Wilhelm II became unhappy with von Tirpitz and dismissed him. The postcard comes from a charcoal sketch. His name and rank are listed below the image. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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44-38 POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the architect of the modern German Navy. He served as Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, the Kaiserliche Marine’s powerful administrative branch, from 1897 until 1916. He was also a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. The postcard features his reproduction signature. It was mailed in 1917. $20.00

 

 

 

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44-39 POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the architect of the modern German Navy. He served as Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, the Kaiserliche Marine’s powerful administrative branch, from 1897 until 1916. He was also a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

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44-40 POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the architect of the modern German Navy. He served as Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, the Kaiserliche Marine’s powerful administrative branch, from 1897 until 1916. He was also a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. This postcard was produced during the Third Reich era. It was mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

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44-42 POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was the architect of the modern German Navy. He served as Secretary of State of the German Imperial Naval Office, the Kaiserliche Marine’s powerful administrative branch, from 1897 until 1916. He was also a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. This postcard was produced during the Third Reich era. It was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-2105 COLOR POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER. During the Imperial German Period, only six Großadmiral’s were created. Two were created strictly as members of royalty. The first true Navy man to be awarded the rank was Hans von Koester. The postcard shows him in color on the occasion of his 70th birthday in April 1914. The card was authorized to benefit the Deutscher Flotten Verein. A slight bend is in the lower right corner. $25.00

 

 

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44-44 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER. This postcard shows Admiral Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928). Scheer served as the High Seas Fleet’s commander at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. In August 1918, he was promoted as the last Chief of Naval Staff. The postcard was not mailed, but has a message written on the reverse. $20.00

 

 

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44-45 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER. This postcard shows Admiral Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928). Scheer served as the High Seas Fleet’s commander at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. In August 1918, he was promoted as the last Chief of Naval Staff. A reproduction signature appears below his image. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

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44-86 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD von CAPELLE. This is a postcard of Admiral Eduard von Capelle (1855-1931). Von Capelle joined the German Navy in the 1870's. Much of his time was spent in the Kaiserliche Marine’s administrative end. In fact, he became Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz’s deputy and was promoted to full Admiral (equal to an Army Generaloberst) in 1913. Von Tirpitz was pushed out of office for political reasons, and von Capelle replaced him. Von Capelle was considered weak and inefficient or ineffective. He was replaced in 1918 by Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928), who had led the High Seas Fleet at the 1916 Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). Von Capelle was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite by the Kaiser himself. 
The postcard shows von Capelle in his daily dress uniform. The postcard was mailed in what appears to be 1916. A personal message appears on the reverse in black ink.
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44-47 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD von KNORR. This postcard shows Admiral Eduard von Knorr (1840-1920). Von Knorr was one of the few Navy officers to receive the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. He commanded a small gunboat that battled a French vessel. He was instrumental in the creation of Germany’s Pacific colonies. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1469 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD von KNORR. Eduard von Knorr (1840-1920) was an important (full) admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine. He was involved in the German colonies’ expansion of the 1880's and 1890's. He commanded squadrons in Asia and Africa, and helped set up several German colonies. He achieved his final rank of Admiral in 1893, then retired from active service in 1899. He was awarded the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class for action against the French. He is wearing it on the postcard, along with the Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves and an Order of the Red Eagle. He is seated holding his sword. The postcard was produced during WW I. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916. $20.00

 

 

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44-66 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL von POHL. This is a postcard of Admiral Hugo von Pohl (1855-1916). Pohl achieved the rank of full-admiral. He commanded the High Seas Fleet in 1915. He relinquished this command in 1916 to Reinhard Scheer. Pohl was a proponent of unrestricted submarine warfare. He died soon after he stepped down. He is seen here in uniform, wearing a Red Eagle Order 1st Class with Crown and Swords. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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38-698 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL von FISCHEL. This is a postcard that shows Admiral von Fischel. I have been unable to do any research on him. The postcard was mailed in 1916. $15.00  

 

 

 

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44-43 POSTCARD - ADMIRAL von CAPELLE. Admiral Eduard von Capelle (1855-1931) was a well-known German admiral who briefly succeeded von Tirpitz as the Chief of Naval Staff. Here he is wearing an überrock with an officer’s dagger and the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

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38-1764 POSTCARD - OTTO WEDDIGEN - WIFE. Otto Weddigen was the earliest of the German U-Boat commanders to capture the hearts of the German people. In the second month of the war, he and the crew of his tiny U-Boat U-9 sank three British Cruisers in an hour. For this act he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. All other members of his crew received the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. A month later when he sank another British Cruiser, he received both the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the Orden Pour le Mérite. He died early in 1915 when his new command, the U-29, was rammed and sunk by a British battleship. He is seen here with his wife. He is wearing the PLM at his throat, along with the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The surface of this postcard has some crazing to it. Our price reflects the imperfection. This postcard was removed from a photo album. $12.00

 

 

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44-33 COLOR POSTCARD - OTTO WEDDIGEN - U-BOOT. This color postcard shows Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen in the foreground. Behind him we see a U-Boot conning tower. Below Weddigen is a poem. Weddigen was a great hero to the German people. He was the first naval officer to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite, as commander of the U-9. He was killed in action early the following year. Weddigen was to U-Boote as Manfred von Richthofen was to aviation. On its reverse, we see that it was produced to benefit the men of the Kaiserliche Marine. It was not mailed. Some staining appears on the reverse. $20.00

 

 

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38-1482 POSTCARD - OTTO WEDDIGEN - U-9. This postcard shows Germany’s first U-Boat hero, Otto Weddigen. He is wearing the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class and the PLM. A reproduction signature appears below the photograph. $15.00

 

 

 

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38-1483 POSTCARD - OTTO WEDDIGEN - U-9. This postcard shows Germany’s first U-Boat hero Otto Weddigen. He appears from the shoulder up. His name, rank, and the fact he was the U-9's Kommandant appears below his image. The postcard was produced by the German Red Cross. It was mailed in 1915, before his death. The cancellation from the reverse has bled through to the card’s obverse. It shows up to the right of his head. $15.00

 

 

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44-68 POSTCARD - OTTO WEDDIGEN. Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen was among the most famous U-boat commanders of WW I. He was the first German naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. He barely had six months to enjoy it. In this pose he is seen with his young wife, surrounded by roses. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00
 

 

 

 

 

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38-720 POSTCARD - U-BOAT HERO OTTO WEDDIGEN. 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. $20.00

 

 

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38-673 POSTCARD OF U-BOAT HERO OTTO WEDDIGEN. 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." $20.00  

 

 

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38-1596 COLOR POSTCARD - SINKING THREE CRUISERS - U-9 - OTTO WEDDIGEN. The German Navy’s single most important action during WW I may well have been the sinking of three British Cruisers in the war’s second month. The event took place over less than an hour. Otto Weddigen, along with the crew of his tiny U-9, was elevated to hero level by the German people. A message is written on the postcard’s reverse, but it was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

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44-79 POSTCARD - KAPITÄN zur SEE ANDREAS FISCHER AND STAFF. This postcard shows Kapitän zur See Andreas Fischer, along with his staff. While I have done research on Fischer, I can find little information on him beyond that he was an early war hero while commanding the Light Cruiser S.M.S. Augsburg. He was involved in the early war bombardment of a city with his vessel. He apparently achieved the rank of Admiral during WW I. We have another postcard that shows him shortly after his action with the S.M.S. Augsburg. I wish I could share more with you, but this is the limit of my information. The postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

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44-16 POSTCARD - KAPITÄN zur SEE ANDREAS FISCHER. This postcard shows Kapitän zur Zee Andreas Fischer, commander of the small cruiser S. M. S. Augsburg. The S. M S. Augsburg was involved in bombarding Libau in August 1914. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-03 POSTCARD - CAPTAIN - S. M. S. MÖWE. This is a postcard of the Captain of the S. M. S. Möwe, Graf zu Dohna-Schlodien. Under his command, the S. M. S. Möwe was the most successful Auxiliary Cruiser of WW I, sinking thirty-eight ships. The S. M. S. Möwe was, in fact, a converted freighter. After the war it was given to the British, who later sold it back to the Germans, who used it in WW II, until it was sunk in 1945! Whew!  $40.00

 

 

 

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38-1605 POSTCARD - CAPTAIN - S.M.S MÖWE. This postcard shows an unusual pose of Korvettenkapitän Graf und Burggraf zu Dohna-Schludien, who commanded the auxiliary cruiser S.M.S. Möwe. this is a seldom seen pose of him in civilian clothes as opposed to being in uniform. $15.00

 

 

 

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44-34 COLOR POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT HELLMUTH von MÜCKE - S. M. S. EMDEN - S. M. S. AYESHA. In this color postcard, we see Hellmuth von Mücke saluting from the deck of the S. M. S. Ayesha as an enemy sailing ship slides beneath the waves. Von Mücke and his crew from the S. M. S. Emden were successful in sinking British shipping. They ultimately returned to Germany and great acclaim. On the reverse we see the postcard was mailed from Bavaria. $20.00

 

 

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44-56 COLOR POSTCARD - SAILOR - OCEAN. This color postcard shows a sailor with his shoes and socks off, seated on a rocky shore and looking out to sea. Behind him we can see a German national flag. In the foreground is the caption "Vermisst" (Missing). It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916. $15.00
 

 

 

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44-32 POSTCARD - CREW - TORPEDO TUBE - TORPEDOBOOT. In this scene, we see a Torpedoboot crew on deck manning their torpedo tube. It comes from a painting. The postcard was produced to benefit a Kaiserliche Marine veterans group and the German Red Cross. It was mailed in April 1916. $15.00

 

 

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44-82 POSTCARD - "LAST MAN" AT BATTLE OF FALKLAND ISLANDS. This is a postcard. When WW I began, Vizeadmiral Graf Maximilian von Spee (1861-1914) commanded the German East Asian Squadron stationed in China. After war broke out, he determined that his situation in Asia was not sustainable. He detached the S. M. S. Emden from his force to attack allied shipping in the Indian Ocean. [She was very successful until she met her match in the H.M.A.S. Sydney]. Meanwhile, von Spee sailed his squadron’s balance across the Pacific, with the goal of returning to Germany. En route, his group engaged a British Squadron off Chile’s coast in the Battle of Coronel on 1 November 1914, sinking two British Cruisers. On 8 December 1914, von Spee’s squadron met a vastly superior British flotilla. In the ensuing battle, only two of Spee’s smaller ships escaped. All the others were sunk. Spee, his two young sons (officers Otto and Heinrich von Spee), and 2,200 other Germans went down with their ships. [In 1934, the German Kriegsmarine named a pocket battleship after the vizeadmiral. Ironically, the Admiral Graf Spee was acting as a (very successful) raider in the South Atlantic when she attracted a British squadron’s interest. The British and the Admiral Graf Spee had an intense interaction wherein the Graf Spee damaged all three British ships. Although the damage the Graf Spee suffered was not critical, it diminished her ability to break out of the Montevideo (Uruguay) harbor. Ultimately, the ship was scuttled in the River Plate on 17 December 1939. Her commander, Kapitän zur See Hans Langdsdorff, had served in the Kaiserliche Marine during WW I, including service with the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland. Three days after he scuttled the Admiral Graf Spee, Langdsdorff lay down on his ship’s battle ensign and committed suicide (as a point of honor).
The postcard is derived from Professor Hans Bohrdt’s painting depicting the Battle of the Falklands. The card’s top displays his painting, which features a sailor standing on his sunken ship’s floating wreckage. He defiantly thrusts a kriegsflagge aloft as the British fleet steams past. Below Bohrdt’s famous painting is a patriotic poem by Heinrich Roser. The postcard was not mailed.
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44-35 COLOR POSTCARD - SQUADRON - SHIPS. This is a color postcard that comes from a painting by noted naval artist Professor Hans Bohrdt, dated 1903. It shows a squadron of German ships steaming at a high rate of speed. $20.00

 

 

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44-05 COLOR POSTCARD - S.M.S. KÖNIGIN LUISE - BATTLE. This is a very interesting and high quality postcard. It is from a HAND-colored original sketch. The caption reads "Untergang des Minendampfers Königin Luise und des englischen Kreuzers "Amphion" vor der Themsemündung" (Sinking of the Minesweeper Steamship "Queen Louise" and the British cruiser "Amphion" at the Thames estuary ). A message is handwritten on the reverse. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1918. $30.00

 

 

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44-22 POSTCARD - POEM - "THE LAST MAN" - PROFESSOR HANS BOHRDT. This image of a German sailor standing on a piece of his wrecked ship defiantly thrusting the kriegsflagge up toward advancing British ships is one of WW I’s best-known German propaganda vehicles. The scene represents Great Britain’s destruction of the German East Asian Squadron under the command of Vize Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee  (1864-1914). Six of the German fleet’s eight ships were destroyed in the battle near the Falkland Islands. Von Spee, his two sons, and almost 1,900 German sailors went down with their ships. This black and white postcard depicts Hans Bohrdt’s (1857-1945) most famous WW I painting. It portrays the battle’s final events on 8 December 1914, when the crew members of the Nürnberg chose to go down with their ship, flags in hand, rather than surrender to the British. Below "The Last Man" is a poem written by Heinrich Röfer. It has a dedication first, "Aus dem Heldenkampf in der Seeschlacht bei den Falklandsinseln am 8. Dezember 1914. Nach dem Gemälde von Professor Hans Bohrdt" (From the heroic fight in the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December, 1914. After the painting by Professor Hans Bohrdt). The poem begins "Sie haben gefochten eins zu vier,/Nun zieht sie der Tod ins kühle Revier./ Sie haben gefochten vier zu eins,/Die Helden im Strahl des Ewigenscheins./Nun brennt das Schiff an Bug und Heck,/Die Mannschaft steht auf Borderdeck./Und wie sie in die Tiefe sinkt,/Greift sie zur Mütze und grüßt und Schwingt,/Bis daß von Fluten begraben die Hand, Hurra dem Kaiser und Vaterland!" (They have fought one to four, / Now death pulls you to the cool district. / They have fought four to one, / The heroes in a ray of everlasting light. / Now burn the ship at the bow and stern, / The crew stands onboard the deck. / And as it sinks into the deep, /Grab your hat and call and wave, / Until the waters bury your hand, Hurrah for the emperor and the Fatherland)! After several more verses, it finishes with "Und als die Welle den kopf bedeckt,/ Aus dem Wasser ein Arm noch die Fahne streckt./Er läßt Sie nicht, er nimmt sie hinein;/Sie soll auch im Tod sein Begleiter sein." (And as the wave covered his head,/from the water an arm still stretched forth the flag/He will not leave you, he takes you in; /You will be his companion also in death).
The postcard’s reverse shows it was mailed. It is in fine condition.
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38-1184 POSTCARD - NAVAL BOMBING RAID - VENICE. This postcard shows the action of a bombing attack on Venice, Italy, by what is portrayed as a navy airplane. This was an attack by Austrian aircraft. One can clearly see the Venetian canals, with what appear to be explosions in the city. The postcard once was placed in an album. It has since been removed. $20.00

 

 

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38-1310 POSTCARD - NAVY MEMORIAL - KIEL. The Marine Ehrenmal Laboe near Kiel is one of the most outstanding navy memorials in the world. It was first opened for and commemorated the German seamen who died for their country in WW I. In the 1950's, the memorial was intended as a memorial for ALL seamen. This postcard shows the main portion of the building. The tower is some 72 Meters tall. It has an underground memorial (you really feel like you are under the water. I enjoy sitting here in silence, thinking of all the sailors who have died for their countries). The memorial complex has two other interesting parts. First is the U-995, which is one of only two known, intact WW II U-Boats in existence (the other, the U-505, resides in Chicago, USA). You can tour the U-995 from stem to stern. The other area is the U-Boat memorial. It lists each U-Boat that was lost during WW I and WW II. Under every boat’s name, each man who perished is listed. This postcard showing the central tower comes from the 1930's, shortly after the memorial first opened. $15.00

 

 

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38-381 GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD Nr 7639 - LEUTNANT zur SEE BERG - S. M. S. MÖWE. This is a consignment item. This is Gustav Liersch Card Nr 7639. It shows Leutnant zur See Berg, who was an officer aboard the well-known commerce raider, S. M. S. Möwe. $20.00  

 

 

 

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44-13 POSTCARD CUTIE - S.M.S. BAYERN. This color postcard shows the battleship S.M.S. Bayern along with an attractive young woman dressed as a sailor, holding a small paddle on her shoulder. She can be identified as a "part" of the S.M.S. Bayern’s crew by her mütze’s cap tally. $20.00

 

 

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44-14 POSTCARD CUTIE - S.M.S. SACHSEN. This color postcard shows the battleship S.M.S. Sachsen along with an attractive young woman dressed as a sailor, holding a small paddle in her hands. She can be identified as a "part" of the S.M.S. Sachsen’s crew by her mütze’s cap tally. $20.00

 

 

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44-15 POSTCARD CUTIE - S.M.S. SCHWABEN. This color postcard shows the battleship S.M.S. Schwaben along with an attractive young woman dressed as a sailor, holding a net on her shoulder. She can be identified as a "part" of the S. M. S. Schwaben’s crew by her mütze’s cap tally. $20.00

 

 

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38-1484 POSTCARD - ENGLISH MERCHANT SHIP TORPEDOED BY U-BOOT. This postcard comes from a painting by noted German naval artist, Professor Willy Stöwer. It shows a British merchant ship that has just been torpedoed by an U-Boot. It is part of a postcard series sold during WW I to benefit Germany’s war veterans. $15.00

 

 

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38-1414 POSTCARD - U-BOAT SHELLING PORT. This postcard shows a U-Boat shelling a port. It comes from a painting by the noted naval artist Professor Willy Stöwer. The postcard was produced for "U-Boot=Tag Juni 1917." $20.00

 

 

 

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44-25 COLOR POSTCARD - H.M.S. GALATEA. This postcard commemorates the service of the H.M.S. Galatea during WW I’s early years. The vessel was a Light Cruiser. She saw action against Zeppelin L 7 on 4 May 1916. Later in the month, on 31 May 1916, she participated in the Battle of Jutland. The postcard was not mailed. $10.00

 

 

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38-1491 POSTCARD - S.M.S. WITTELSBACH. This postcard is of an early 20th Century Battleship, the S.M.S. Wittelsbach. $15.00

 

 

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38-984 TORPEDOBOOT FLOTILLA - BAD WEATHER. This colorized postcard shows a Torpedoboot flotilla sailing the North Sea in bad weather. It was mailed from Kiel in 1905. $15.00

 

 

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38-1086 POSTCARD - PAINTING - LAST MAN. The painting of "The Last Man" (Der Leßte Mann) was very popular in Germany during WW I. It was painted by Professor Hans Bohrdt. It shows a defiant German sailor thrusting a kriegsflagge in the air as he stands on what appears to be the deck of a German ship. Several ships in the background are steaming towards the man. The painting was done to commemorate the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914, wherein the German squadron commanded by Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee (1861-1914) was destroyed by an English squadron. Only one of von Spee’s ships escaped the action. The admiral and two of his sons perished in the battle. Ironically, twenty-five years later in December 1939, the pocket battleship Graf Spee was scuttled in the river Plate between Argentina and Uruguay. This was after fighting with another British squadron, and being forced to leave the waters due to the laws of international neutrality. The spirit of this painting was a rallying point for the German Navy and the people of Germany, since this "Last Man" fights on to the end. This postcard depicts a black and white version of "The Last Man," and a poem that salutes his bravery and spirit. This postcard was mailed in 1915. $15.00

 

 

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38-1094 COLOR POSTCARD - ENGLISH BIPLANE FLYING OVER ENGLISH SUBMARINE FLOTILLA. This color postcard shows a British biplane flying over three submarines and two other surface vessels. It was a part of series "Ships of the Sea and Air" from Tuck’s. A message on the reverse indicates the postcard was given as a Christmas gift in 1915. $20.00

 

 

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44-50 COLOR POSTCARD - TROOPER - SEE-Bataillon. This color postcard shows an enlisted man serving in the Navy See-Bataillon (Germany’s version of U.S. Marines). The man is on guard duty. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916. $20.00

 

 

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44-26 COLOR POSTCARD SHOWING A SERIES OF SCENES ABOARD A NAVAL VESSEL. This color postcard is titled at the top "Der Tagesdienst bei der Marine" (Daily Service in the Navy). Below it are eight small panels that show a sailor’s daily life aboard ship. This includes his three daily meals, work details, awakening in the morning, and going to bed in the evening. The postcard was mailed. $10.00

 

 

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38-590 POSTCARD - YOUNG WOMAN WEARING NAVY OFFICER’S VISOR CAP. It is a colorized postcard. It shows a young woman wearing a Navy officer’s visor cap. $40.00  

 

 

 

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39-12 POSTCARD OF A BRITISH SUBMARINE PASSING THE 19th CENTURY SHIP OF THE LINE H.M.S. VICTORY. This colorized postcard shows a British crew from a submarine on deck as they pass the H.M.S. Victory. The H.M.S. Victory was the flagship of Lord Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Battle of Trafalgar was an epic battle in which Nelson was killed at the height of the battle and this battle was THE most important victory in the history of the Royal Navy. $20.00

 

 

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44-88 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - S. M. S. METEOR SAILOR. This is an original photograph of an enlisted sailor aboard the S. M. S. Meteor, an auxiliary cruiser (Hilfskreuzer). This vessel was a captured British ship that was renamed and used as a combination minelayer and auxiliary cruiser. The sailor is wearing his dress tunic in a studio pose. $10.00

 

 

 

 

 

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