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Germany – Postcard and Letter – Max Looff – Autographed – Kapitain zur See – Kaiserliche Marine

SKU: 19-322

$1,250.00

We recently acquired a large collection of signed postcards, private photos, letters, etc. of German Admirals, Generals, etc. Many of these items were acquired by a single collector who would write to the subject and receive in return a signed photograph, postcard, letter. Etc. The name of this collector was Paul Baer and his name appears on many of the items offered….

 

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Germany – Postcard and Letter – Max Looff – autographed – Kapitain zur See – Kaiserliche Marine

Max Looff (1874-1954) was a Kapitäin zur See in the Kaiserliche Marine. His was one of the more interesting stories of WW I. He was the commander of the original famed S.M.S. Königsberg. He took over this command in April 1914 he was based in the Indian Ocean.

He was involved in the Battle of Zanzibar which took place on 20 September 1914 where his ship sailed into the harbor and sank a British light cruiser the H.M.S. Pegasus which was in port for repairs and crippled another small ship. After this the British got serious about hunting down the S.M.S. Königsberg and put together a task force to find her. After the Battle of Zanzibar the S.M.S. Königsberg developed engine problems and was taken to the Rufigi Delta. Efforts were made to bring needed parts from the capital of German East Africa Dar es Salaam. By this time several British ships had arrived at the mouth of the Rufigi Delta ands set up a blockade. Thus began the Battle of the Rufigi Delta which would last from October 1914 until July 1915 In the meantime the British made efforts to sail up the river to flush her out or destroy her. They even used airplanes to locate her.

Time after time British ships would sail up the river to locate the S.M.S. Königsberg. All these efforts failed until July 1915 when boats with mortars were brought in and crippled the S.M.S. Königsberg knocking out her main batteries. Looff ordered the ship scuttled and thus ended the Battle of the Rufigi Delta.
But this was not the end of the crew of the S.M.S. Königsberg. They managed to remove 10 105mm canons from the sunk ship along with ammunition. They then connected with the land forces of Oberst, later Generalmajor Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck until the end of the war and the surrender of the German forces they became von Lettow-Vorbeck’s artillery and the canons were moved on carriages built for them. After the war he retired as a Kapitäin zur See. He was recalled to the Kriegsmarine in 1939 as a Vizeadmiral but was on the retirement list due to his age. After the war he published at least one book which describes his actions in German East Africa during WW I.

Included in this most interesting group is an original photograph from a studio in Kiel. It shows Looff in the uniform of a Kapitäin zur See. He is wearing his visor cap and on the uniform we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Navy Wound Badge which appears to be silver or the 2nd Class of the badge. On the reverse we see his signature “Looff”, his rank and the name S.M.S. Königsberg. It is dated Cristmas 1919 and is addressed to Paul Baer the collector from whom so many of the signatures come from.

But that is not all. Also included is a one page letter which was written in Kiel on 20 December 1919. The letter written in black ink has been folded in quarters to put in a small envelope. It was apparently written to a youngster. In it he mentions the S.M.S. Königsberg. At the end he signs is “Looff” which is identical to the signature on the photograph. He also includes his rank and his address in Kiel.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain a photograph and a letter signed by one of the more interesting Naval figures of WW I. As an aside the movie “Shout at the Devil” with Lee Maevin and Roger Moore tells a semi historical account of the sinking of a German battle cruiser not named the S.M.S. Königsberg. Her captain was Karl Michael Vogler who also appeared in “Patton” as Rommel and “The Blue Max” as the squadron commander in which George Peppard flew.

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Germany – Postcard and Letter – Max Looff – autographed – Kapitain zur See – Kaiserliche Marine

Max Looff (1874-1954) was a Kapitäin zur See in the Kaiserliche Marine. His was one of the more interesting stories of WW I. He was the commander of the original famed S.M.S. Königsberg. He took over this command in April 1914 he was based in the Indian Ocean.

He was involved in the Battle of Zanzibar which took place on 20 September 1914 where his ship sailed into the harbor and sank a British light cruiser the H.M.S. Pegasus which was in port for repairs and crippled another small ship. After this the British got serious about hunting down the S.M.S. Königsberg and put together a task force to find her. After the Battle of Zanzibar the S.M.S. Königsberg developed engine problems and was taken to the Rufigi Delta. Efforts were made to bring needed parts from the capital of German East Africa Dar es Salaam. By this time several British ships had arrived at the mouth of the Rufigi Delta ands set up a blockade. Thus began the Battle of the Rufigi Delta which would last from October 1914 until July 1915 In the meantime the British made efforts to sail up the river to flush her out or destroy her. They even used airplanes to locate her.

Time after time British ships would sail up the river to locate the S.M.S. Königsberg. All these efforts failed until July 1915 when boats with mortars were brought in and crippled the S.M.S. Königsberg knocking out her main batteries. Looff ordered the ship scuttled and thus ended the Battle of the Rufigi Delta.
But this was not the end of the crew of the S.M.S. Königsberg. They managed to remove 10 105mm canons from the sunk ship along with ammunition. They then connected with the land forces of Oberst, later Generalmajor Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck until the end of the war and the surrender of the German forces they became von Lettow-Vorbeck’s artillery and the canons were moved on carriages built for them. After the war he retired as a Kapitäin zur See. He was recalled to the Kriegsmarine in 1939 as a Vizeadmiral but was on the retirement list due to his age. After the war he published at least one book which describes his actions in German East Africa during WW I.

Included in this most interesting group is an original photograph from a studio in Kiel. It shows Looff in the uniform of a Kapitäin zur See. He is wearing his visor cap and on the uniform we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Navy Wound Badge which appears to be silver or the 2nd Class of the badge. On the reverse we see his signature “Looff”, his rank and the name S.M.S. Königsberg. It is dated Cristmas 1919 and is addressed to Paul Baer the collector from whom so many of the signatures come from.

But that is not all. Also included is a one page letter which was written in Kiel on 20 December 1919. The letter written in black ink has been folded in quarters to put in a small envelope. It was apparently written to a youngster. In it he mentions the S.M.S. Königsberg. At the end he signs is “Looff” which is identical to the signature on the photograph. He also includes his rank and his address in Kiel.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain a photograph and a letter signed by one of the more interesting Naval figures of WW I. As an aside the movie “Shout at the Devil” with Lee Maevin and Roger Moore tells a semi historical account of the sinking of a German battle cruiser not named the S.M.S. Königsberg. Her captain was Karl Michael Vogler who also appeared in “Patton” as Rommel and “The Blue Max” as the squadron commander in which George Peppard flew.