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Germany – Postcard – Fregattenkapitan Karl Nerger – Autographed

SKU: 19-320

$650.00

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 – Fregattenkapitan Karl Nerger – Autographed

Karl Nerger (1875-1947) was one of the leading Naval officers of WW I. He commanded the S.M.S. Wolf which was a commerce raider. The Wolf set out from Kiel in November on a 451 day cruise which lasted until May 1918, some fifteen months. During that time she laid numerous mines which along with her actual capture of ships acconted to the sinking of thirty-five commercial ships and two warships. As a commerce raider she was able to disguise herself by the use of fke smoke funnels and masts to give different looks to pursuers. She even had a seaplane aboard which helped her locate potential targets.

Nerger was a very strict discpliniaian depending proper service and respect to prisoners, especially women and children. He was strictly correct in the treatment and even though they were housed in difficult conditions he did the best for them that he could when it came to food and medical attention.

When he returned with 467 prisoners to Kiel in May 1918 he was hailed as a national hero for his success. He was awarded the Pour le Mérite and the other major awards for bravery from four other states. Only one other fellow Naval officer also commanding an auxilliary cruiser would do this. In the army only high level Generals and/or membes of royalty would share this honor. Nerger was given command of the the mine sweeping units in May 1918 and would finish the war as a Kapitäin zur See. I find little information on him after WW I and it does not appear to have joined the Kriegsmarine most likely due to his age.

The autographed postcard shows Nerger in the uniform of a Kapitäin zur See although he is listed as a Fregattenkapitän. He is wearing his Pour le Mérite, a huge medal bar, a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and another 1st class decoration from another state. He is holding his visor cap in his hands and his Navy dagger is seen at his side.

His signatue is seen boldly signed in black ink “Nerger” and dated 27 July 1919. On the reverse we see a brief message again signed “Nerger) and sent to Paul Baer.

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Germany – Postcard – Fregattenkapitan Karl Nerger – Autographed

Karl Nerger (1875-1947) was one of the leading Naval officers of WW I. He commanded the S.M.S. Wolf which was a commerce raider. The Wolf set out from Kiel in November on a 451 day cruise which lasted until May 1918, some fifteen months. During that time she laid numerous mines which along with her actual capture of ships acconted to the sinking of thirty-five commercial ships and two warships. As a commerce raider she was able to disguise herself by the use of fke smoke funnels and masts to give different looks to pursuers. She even had a seaplane aboard which helped her locate potential targets.

Nerger was a very strict discpliniaian depending proper service and respect to prisoners, especially women and children. He was strictly correct in the treatment and even though they were housed in difficult conditions he did the best for them that he could when it came to food and medical attention.

When he returned with 467 prisoners to Kiel in May 1918 he was hailed as a national hero for his success. He was awarded the Pour le Mérite and the other major awards for bravery from four other states. Only one other fellow Naval officer also commanding an auxilliary cruiser would do this. In the army only high level Generals and/or membes of royalty would share this honor. Nerger was given command of the the mine sweeping units in May 1918 and would finish the war as a Kapitäin zur See. I find little information on him after WW I and it does not appear to have joined the Kriegsmarine most likely due to his age.

The autographed postcard shows Nerger in the uniform of a Kapitäin zur See although he is listed as a Fregattenkapitän. He is wearing his Pour le Mérite, a huge medal bar, a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and another 1st class decoration from another state. He is holding his visor cap in his hands and his Navy dagger is seen at his side.

His signatue is seen boldly signed in black ink “Nerger” and dated 27 July 1919. On the reverse we see a brief message again signed “Nerger) and sent to Paul Baer.