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Korvettenkapitän Werner Winter

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Recently acquired this grouping attributed to Korvettenkapitän Werner Winter (26.03.1912, Hamburg - 09.09.1972, Kiel).

,,Werner began his naval career in April 1930. He served on the line ship Schlesien and then on the light cruiser Emden before transferring to the U-boat force in July 1935. After a few months on U22 he took command of this boat in October 1937, and during the fall of 1939 made two brief and unsuccessful patrols.

In November 1939 he was attached to the BdU Op staff. In July 1941 Winter took over command of U103 from the famous ace Viktor Schütze and made three successful patrols. He sunk a total of 15 tankers/freighters (79,301 GRT) near the US East Coast and Cuba, earning him the Knight's Cross on the 5th of June 1942.

In July 1942 he took command of the 1st Flotilla in Brest, France. He was captured after the surrender of Brest in August 1944, returning home from British captivity (POW camp 18, Featherstone Park) in November 1947.

After the war he served for a few years in the Bundesmarine and retired as Kapitän zur See in March 1970.''

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His BW Wehrpass with award entries.

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On 1/18/2019 at 8:00 PM, Pierce F. said:

Nick,

A most impressive grouping. Thanks for sharing it.

Kind regards,
Pierce

 

Thanks Pierce! This part of the nachlass included a BW photoalbum as well.

Regards,

Nick

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Greetings,

Very lovely grouping.  Question:  What is the ribbon with green backing on the top, white cross with red center?   Is this a post war citation from the Bundesmarine?  

 

 

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JustinG

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10 hours ago, JustinG said:

Greetings,

Very lovely grouping.  Question:  What is the ribbon with green backing on the top, white cross with red center? Is this a post war citation from the Bundesmarine?  

Thanks Justin! It stands for the Knight's Cross of the "Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Hungary" (Hungarian: Magyar Érdemrend), which according to online sources, Werner received in 1938.

Kind regards,

Nick

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