A Wartime Signed Kreigsmarine Knight's Cross Winner Postcard; Schultze
A Wartime Signed Kreigsmarine Knight's Cross Winner Postcard; Schultze - Colourized line drawing in black and magenta inks, obverse signed, name tagline in the upper left corner inscribed "Herbert Schultze", reverse with postcard-style backer, marked "PK - Zeichnung: Kreigsberichter Buchheim" and "Kapitänleutnant Schultze" and manufacturer marked "Verlog Grenze und Ausland G.m.b.H., Berlin W 30", scattered soiling marks, wear evident in the corners, near extremely fine. Herbert Schultze (July 24, 1909 – June 3, 1987) was a German U-boat (submarine) commander of the Kriegsmarine in the Second War War. He commanded U-48 for eight patrols during the early part of the war, sinking 169,709 gross register tons (GRT) of shipping and earning him eighth place on the Aces of the Deep list. Due to several incidents of openly broadcasting his sinkings to alert the Allies of the plight of the crews, he became quite a celebrity, even on the Allied side. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Legally it was Nazi Germany's highest military decoration at the time of its presentation to Herbert Schultze, although the later higher ranked Swords and Diamonds grades to the Knight's Cross had already been awarded in June and July 1941. After the war, in August 1945, he was employed by the Allies as commander of the Naval Academy at Mürwik near Flensburg and the Heinz Krey-bearing. Schultze died on June 3, 1987 in London and was buried in Wilhelmshaven.