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There are three basic types of document for the U-Boat badge plus Posthumous variants. Here are some examples.

The first type has a foliage bordering around the text. Note the signature block for Dönitz as Konteradmiral.

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The second, and most common type, issued throughout most of the war, has the foliage border replaced by a geometric pattern. Note Dönitz's rank now shown as Admiral. The Dönitz facsimile signature has almost entirely faded on this one.

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Subsequently, the majority of documents were not signed by the BdU (Befehlshaber der U-Boote) but by the FdU (Führer der U-Boote) in the various geographical areas, or even by Flottilla Chiefs.

This example is signed by a Flotilla Commander.

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The Third type was reduced in size from A4 to A5, and had a new design of border.

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The Posthumous version had an amended text to reflect its purpose. Sometimes a standard example was used and additional text added with a typewriter.

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The Document for the Bronze U-Boat Clasp was also in A5 size. Shown here is the Document for Hunold von Ahlefeld and another late isse example from 1945 which it will be noted, lacks the ink stamp of the issuing unit - a not entirely uncommon occurence.

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The document for the Silver clasp follows the same basic design, but with a slightly more elaborate border.

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Thanks for explaining the lineage of the U-Boat citations.

Here is an early example in my collection from a set for a sailor on U-18. I'm assuming that it would of been backdated as it is dated for just 6 days after the award was instituted by Raeder in October 1939. What I love about these citations is the level of detail they put into the design as shown by the U-Boat Badge on the top of the citation.

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Hi Eric-Jan,

Very nice Monsun boat docs. I was never fortunate enough to own one of these. I only have a copy of the Doc for the Bronze Clasp from my friend Otto Giese who was on U-181.

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Hi Gordon,

Thank you for showing the one from your friend Otto Giese.

Do you know if he also received the award document for the silver version ?

His book "Shooting the war", memoirs of a wold war II u-boat officer, is a fantastic read, and really an one to have.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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Hi Eric-Jan

No, I don't think Otto ever had a document for the Silver clasp. At least I haven't seen one, but he only got his Bronze clasp a couple of weeks before the war ended so maybe no time for a Silver.

I agree about "Shooting the War". A definite "must-have" for anyone interested in U-Boats. Otto was a very nice man and I was privileged to have a lot of friendly correspondence with him.

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I just admit, I've never seen this Monsun Uboat citations before. These are really very special. I usually don't say, "Thanks for sharing", but... Thanks for sharing!!

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Kevin, Gordon and Brian,

Gentlemen thank you for your kind words and that you appreciate a couple of somehow not that often seen documents.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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A very nice and informative thread.

Great documents shown here by Gordon and EJ.

I really like the "Monsun" doc's.

I have a couple of HK documents that were issued and signed in Japan.

Very interesting pieces that are the "cream" of my collection.

Regards,Martin.

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A very nice and informative thread.

Great documents shown here by Gordon and EJ.

I really like the "Monsun" doc's.

I have a couple of HK documents that were issued and signed in Japan.

Very interesting pieces that are the "cream" of my collection.

Regards,Martin.

Hi Martin,

I am still looking forward to see here on the forum your HK documents that were issued and signed in Japan !

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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A very nice and informative thread.

Great documents shown here by Gordon and EJ.

I really like the "Monsun" doc's.

I have a couple of HK documents that were issued and signed in Japan.

Very interesting pieces that are the "cream" of my collection.

Regards,Martin.

Hi Martin,

I am still looking forward to see here on the forum your HK documents that were issued and signed in Japan !

Best regards

Eric-Jan

I will start a seperate thread Eric-Jan.

Regards,Martin.

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Gordon and Eric-Jan:

 

Thank you for sharing your excellent examples of U-Boat badge documents with the forum, great reference material.

 

Best regards,

John

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