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early Kriegsmarine U-Boat Conning tower eagle

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Hello all,

 

 Just wanted to share this one with you. Came in a buy a long time ago and was sold with the boxcar eagle that you see in the photo. Nor I or the seller knew exactly what the smaller eagle was at the time but we called it a "building" eagle.

 

William Kramer

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Some time went buy and I received a PM from somebody that came across the above photo I shared on another forum and he stated the eagle may be Kriegsmarine related. Upon further research I learned that this had been a prewar (or VERY early war) national emblem on seagoing vessels.

 

I then came upon a Hermann Historica auction which an eagle (different than mine in that the eagle's head faces forward) was said to come off an actual U-Boat.

 

Upon looking closer at the images used in the HH listing I believed the eagles on the boats in the photos were different than the one they were selling. I immediately started looking for photos of this eagle in use and found some good shots showing a front facing eagle head (which was different than my eagle)

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you can see how much different the mounting positions are on the eagle I own.

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and shortly after I began to realize the photo that HH used did not show their eagle pattern, but mine :thumbsup:

 

.....and that's when the images started to really get interesting.

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I had heard there was an order given that once war broke out the emblem was to be removed, but not all boats maintained this regulation as can be seen on this period photo of U-61 (the boat on the right has its emblem removed and you can still see the mounting areas) and the second image will show you exactly what the mounting area looked like

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and furthermore, I also found this amazing photo of the eagle aboard an E-Boat (here is S10 going onto patrol, swastika on this eagle has been polished)

 

and lastly, here is my eagle as it rests in the my display case.

 

William Kramer

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Incredible piece.  I had always wondered what happened to these naval birds.  You commented and highlighted the Schnellboote and Unterseeboote had these, but also the minesweepers, tenders, school ships, etc...

Really neat. 

Love the detail and the eagle head facing front. 

Stellar piece.

 

JustinG

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Here are some various photos of KM ships with eagles. 
I had always wondered what had happened to these pieces.

Regards,
JustinG

 

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You can see in this photo postcard of the Zerstörer Paul Jacobi and Hermann Schoemann that there were eagles on the bridge as well.

 

Regards,

JustinG

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I remember seeing this piece elsewhere and I love it now as much as I did then. Congrats on such a fine piece. Now you just need a U-Boat to finish off the display. :w00t:

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