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eMedals-The Wartime Signature of "Silent Otto" Otto Kretschmar

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The Wartime Signature of "Silent Otto" Otto Kretschmar



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The Wartime Signature of "Silent Otto" Otto Kretschmar

The Wartime Signature of "Silent Otto" Otto Kretschmar - Black and white, matte finish, obverse signed, name tagline in the bottom left corner inscribed "Korvettenkapitän KRETSCHMAR", reverse with postcard-style backer, numbered "1513", manufactured by Hoffmann Munich, without inscription, 90 mm x 140 mm, near mint. Acquired with the day book of SS-Brigadefuhrer Jürs, measuring 27.8 x 372cm, fair. This is one of a series of autographs collected by Heinrich Jürs SS-Brigadefuhrer who was killed April 28th 1945. Of this collection, postcards, period photographs, and news clippings were all period signed with some being placed into a series of scrap books. The collection was acquired from the family of Heinrich Jürs during the 1960's and has since remained in one collectors possession. One of the finest War Time autograph collections we have had the pleasure of offering. Footnote: Flotilla Admiral Otto Kretschmer (May 1, 1912 – August 5, 1998) was a German U-boat commander in the Second World War and later an admiral in the Bundesmarine. From September 1939 until being captured in March 1941, he sank 47 ships, a total of 274,333 tons. For this he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, among other awards. He earned the nickname "Silent Otto" both for his successful use of the "silent running" capability of the U-boats, as well and for his reluctance to transmit radio messages during patrols. After the war, he served in the German Federal Navy and retired in 1970 with the rank of flotilla admiral (commodore). While on vacation in Bavaria in the summer of 1998, he died in an accident on a boat on the Danube, while celebrating his fiftieth wedding anniversary, at the age of 86. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. -
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