A Pour-le-Merite Recipient U9 Otto Weddigen Commemorative Ribbon
A Pour-le-Merite Recipient U9 Otto Weddigen Commemorative Ribbon - White silk ribbon screen-printed in black ink, with type and graphics, illustrating an Iron Cross 1st Class 1914, a portrait of Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen, U-Boat U 9, the British armoured cruisers HMS Hogue, Aboukir and Cressy and David of David and Goliath fame, with a bow-tied tri-colour ribbon sewn in place at the top, 65 mm x 395 mm, extremely fine. Footnote: Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen (September 15, 1882 to March 18, 1915) was with U 9 from August 1, 1914 to January 11, 1915. The U 9 was the first submarine in history to perform the task of reloading torpedoes while submerged, on July 16, 1914. Weddigen was awarded the Pour le Mérite for distinguished and outstanding submarine actions against the British Royal Navy in the North Sea, especially in recognition of the sinking of the British armoured cruisers HMS Hogue, Aboukir and Cressy, in less than an hour, on September 22, 1914, with the loss of almost 1,400 men. This attack showed for the first time the capabilities of submarines in war. The award also recognized the sinking of the HMS Hawke the next month. He followed his tenure with U 9 with a posting to U 29 and would perish aboard the vessel on March 18, 1915. U 9 was surrendered to the Allied Powers on November 26, 1918 and broken up at Morecambe in 1919.