Germany – Navy Document and Award Grouping from the Battle of Jutland (1916) and U-Boat Service (1918) – BM Arnold Georg Johannsen
We are pleased to present this remarkable and complete grouping belonging to Bootsmannsmaat (Boatswain’s Mate) Arnold Georg Johannsen, Kaiserliche Marine (German Imperial Navy).
Born February 16, 1897 in Flensburg, Johannsen entered service as a Matrose (Seaman) in the Kaiserliche Marine on October 7, 1912. He was promoted to Obermatrose (Leading Seaman) on November 21, 1915, he was assigned to SMS Lützow and participated in the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak) on May 31, 1916. During the famous engagement, Lützow was credited with sinking HMS Defence and HMS Invincible before being disabled by 24 large caliber hits that necessitated the ship’s scuttling. Johannsen was promoted to Bootsmannsmaat (Boatswain’s Mate) and awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class for his actions at Jutland. Subsequently transferred to the submarine force, he participated in at least three war patrols with U-boat Flotilla IV and earned the highly coveted U-Boat Badge in 1918. Johannsen was discharged from the Kaiserliche Marine on April 4, 1919 and pursued a career as a railroad inspector with the Reichsbahn following the war.
- Parade mounted Iron Cross Second Class (1914) and 1914 – 1918 Cross of Honor with Swords (Extremely Fine condition).
- U-Boat Badge (unmarked; Extremely Fine condition).
- Boxed Submarine Badge stickpin (box marked “H. N. J. Lassen Goldschmied & Juweiler Flensburg”; Extremely Fine condition).
- Militärpass (with entries for EK2 from Skagerrak and U-Boat Badge); exceptional condition.
- Award citation for the EK2 from the SMS Lützow (recently scuttled at Jutland); exceptional condition.
- Award citation for the Cross of Honor; exceptional condition.
- Navy discharge paperwork (two copies); very good condition.
- De-nazification documents; exceptional condition.
- “U-Flottille IV” cap tally
- All of the documents have been collected in a binder for protection (inserted inside acid-free sleeves).
- The binder also has photos of the SMS Lützow, an account of the battle from the SMS Lützow, and other information about the WWI German Navy.
In conclusion we are most pleased to share with you this marvelous grouping which comes to us from the collection of a very advanced Naval collector. We must repeat the fact that this sailor was a part of the High Seas Fleet and that his ship sank two British ships before being scuttled due to extensive damage. For his bravery in the Battle of Jutland he was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. This was a time when the Iron Cross 2nd Class was still a meaningful medal and not handed out liberally later in the war. His Iron Cross along with the award document and notation in his soldbuch are vital to this grouping.
As important as this is, even more important is that he later served in U-Boots and his award of the U-Boot badge is also noted in his soldbuch. Also a key part of his U-Boot service is his U-Boot badge, a very rare cased U-Boot stickpin, and his cap tally from his U-Boot flotilla.
These two important pieces of his service while in the Kaiserliche Marine make this a historically important grouping. Please enjoy the many attached photos and you’ll see why this grouping would make a stunning addition to your collection.
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This grouping is being sold complete and can not be separated.
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