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Blockade Breaker award in wear.

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Hello Martin W!

 

 

Here is my only Contribution to this thread! Hope you like this Photo.

 

 

 

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Great photo Morten.

 

I did pick up one more Merchant Marine photo but there were no awards visible in this one.

 

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Excellent photo Martin. Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

Kind regards

Pierce

 

Can only confirm. Martin, are you able to identify this man? I don't too many Merchant Marine sailors were awarded this badge? Maybe there are lists available?

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Can only confirm. Martin, are you able to identify this man? I don't too many Merchant Marine sailors were awarded this badge? Maybe there are lists available?

Bart:  Many Merchant Marine qualified for the badge.  For instance, when the blockade breaker IRENE (ex-ATLANTIS prize, the former SILVAPLANA) was sunk, 49 of the total complement of 76 crewmen were merchant sailors.  

 

Merchant sailors and others serving on the ships were authorized to be awarded the badge if all of the qualifying factors were met.

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Here is a merchant officer who was awarded the Blockadebrecher.

Interesting subject!

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Bart:  Many Merchant Marine qualified for the badge.  For instance, when the blockade breaker IRENE (ex-ATLANTIS prize, the former SILVAPLANA) was sunk, 49 of the total complement of 76 crewmen were merchant sailors.  

 

Merchant sailors and others serving on the ships were authorized to be awarded the badge if all of the qualifying factors were met.

Joe

 

That's a rare photograph! Didn't know a civilian could be awarded a military medal such as the Blockadebrecher. Thanks for showing, very interesting!

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Great set of pictures Joe.

 

Very rare.

 

My favortite image of the BB award in wear is this one of OBLzS,Ludolf Petersen.

He was 1st Officer on the HK STIER.

Prior to that he was the 1st Officer on the Hamburg-Amerika Line freighter KIEL,which he successfully ran through the British Blockade in 1939.

He then served as a Prize Officer on the heavy cruisers LUTZOW and ADMIRAL SCHEER.

He transferred from the SCHEER to the HK PINGUIN and safely returned one of the captured Norwegian whalers to Bordeaux.

Lucky for him as the PINGUIN was later sunk by HMS CORNWALL on May 8 1941,the first of the raiders to be sunk.

He then went on to the STIER as number 1 under Horst Gerlach.

 

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Otto Giese served in the Handelsmarine aboard the Anneliese Essberger before transferring to U-Boats and was awarded the Blockade Breaker badge as a Merchant Navy officer. He served on U-181 under Lüth.

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Another Handelsmarine officer.  Friend sent me this one, not sure of the source but quite possible it was offered on EBay.

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Another Handelsmarine officer.  Friend sent me this one, not sure of the source but quite possible it was offered on EBay.

 

Great photo Gordon.

 

Cheers,Martin.

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Gordon: great additions to the thread.

Martin: I've always been crazed for that Petersen photo since Don first showed it to me. It is so darn sharp and crisp. Then the war badges in wear are my three favorites...all on one uniform! That is one amazing photo!

Joe

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Another image with the BB and MS awards in wear.

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Blockade and Fleet awards on the grey uniform.

 

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Blockade and Fleet awards on the grey uniform.

 

Cheers,Martin.

 

Great group photo, do you know more background information? Thanks for sharing, Martin.

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Great group photo, do you know more background information? Thanks for sharing, Martin.

 

Not much information Bart.

 

There is a photographers stamp on the reverse and I cannot make out the location.However,the date of 2 Feb 1945 can be seen.

 

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A nicely detailed group photo that shows both the blue and field-grey uniforms of the KM.

 

The Blockade Breaker and the Marine Artillery awards can be seen here.

 

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