Prussia – Postcard – Prinz Heinrich
Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929) was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. He entered the Naval service in 1877 as a cadet. As young man he held command of numerous ships including the royal yacht S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. He commanded the High Seas Fleet from 1906-1909. Also in 1909 he was promoted to the rank of Großadmiral, one of six men to achieve that rank. When WW I began he was in command of the Baltic Fleet which opposed the Russians. His fleet was generally was given second class ships but managed to hold off the Russians. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 1 August 1916 and the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves on 24 January 1918.
Heinrich was an enthusiastic pilot, (Having received one of the first pilot’s licenses in Germany.) and automobile and sailing enthusiast. He is often given credit for inventing the windshield wiper and horn.
This postcard was actually produced and mailed in the U.S. It has a photograph of him in the uniform of an Admiral complete with neck orders, breast stars and a large Naval frack bar. There is writing on the obverse and the postcard is dated 1902.
The card is in fair condition.