The Wartime Signature of U-Boat Ace Kapitänleutnant Claus Korth
The Wartime Signature of U-Boat Ace Kapitänleutnant Claus Korth - Black and white, gloss finish, obverse signed, identified in script "Claus Korth" in the lower right corner, reverse with postcard-style backer, numbered "M. 1358", manufactured by Echte Photographie, 105 mm x 148 mm, small green ink stain on the reverse, 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: Claus Korth (November 7, 1911 – January 24, 1988) was a Korvettenkapitän with the Kreigsmarine during the Second World War and commander of U-57 and U-93. He is also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He is credited with the sinking of thirteen ships for a total of 54,584 tons of Allied merchant shipping, including the RMS Durham Castle by mine. He was one of forty survivors of the Niobe sinking on July 26, 1932. In retirement, he resided in Kiel and died on January 24, 1988.