Germany – Postcard – Franz Ritter Von Hipper – Autographed – Admiral SMY Hohenzollern
Admiral Franz Ritter von Hipper (1863-1932) was one of the most important German Admirals of WW I. Prior to the war he held posts on a number of ships including a stint on the royal yacht the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern in 1899.
During the war he had a number of commands including a Cruiser Squadron at the battle of Jutland where he played a major role in covering the retreat of the High Seas Fleet which was under the command of Admiral Scheer. He received the Pour le Mérite and was knighted with the Military Max Joseph Order from his native Bavaria.
He was given command of the High Seas fleet in August 1918. He retired from the Navy in December 1918.
This postcard shows him wearing his PLM. It is boldly signed in black ink. Interstingly The Vize in Vizeadmiral is crossed out to show only Admiral. Whether he did this or somebody else we can not say.