GERMANY – POSTCARD – FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 WITH THE THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISER WHICH IT SANK
Otto Weddigen was the first U-Boot commander to be awarded the Orden Pour le Merite. He commanded the U-9 and in September 1914 he sank three British armored cruisers in one hour. For this exploit he was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The other officers and men received the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Shortly there after he sank a few more ships and was awarded the Pour le Merite. He was the first Naval Officer to receive the PLM.
He was transferred to the U-29 and in March his vessel was rammed by a British battleship and sank with all hands.
This postcard shows the three British armored cruisers which the U-9 sank. There are lifeboats with British sailors who have abandoned their ships. This postcard is in mint condition and never been mailed.