Lot 5362

Kapitänleutnant Helmut Möhlmann – a Meissen commemorative plate of the Traditional Association of Submarines

International Military History from 1919 | A89r | Live auction | 900 Lots

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On the award of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 16 April 1943. White glazed porcelain with blue décor. The centre with a depiction of a U-boat above his name inscribed in gold, surrounded by a laurel wreath, above which the Pour le Mérite, the U-Boat War Badge 1918 and 1939, and a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The underglaze blue crossed swords mark of Manufaktur Meissen in Saxony stamped in the base, along with the pressed number "N117" and "135"(?), diameter approx. 25.5 cm, a metal wire hook on the back. Minimal signs of age, no obvious damage. Rare.
Also comes with several modern photographs of the U-boat commander, framed, two wooden crests in colour, including the "Luchs" torpedo boat, a "Kriegsmarine" cap ribbon and two post-war plates. Helmut Möhlmann enlisted in the Reichsmarine in April 1933. He later served on the light cruiser "Nürnberg" and carried out several patrols in enemy waters on the torpedo boat "Luchs" at the beginning of the war. In April 1940, he joined the U-boat force, was assigned to the training boat "U-143" for three months and to "U-52", before being appointed commander of "U-571" in May 1941. With this boat he completed eight patrols in the enemy waters of the North Atlantic. In May 1943, he left the boat to attend a training course at the Imperial Naval Academy in Berlin. From September 1943 to December 1944, he belonged to the organisation staff of the Association. He subsequently assumed command of the 14th U-boat flotilla in Narvik/Norway until the end of the war. Möhlmann served as commander in the German navy until his retirement on 31 March 1970.

Provenance: From the Jürgen Hipp collection.

Condition: I - II Questions about the lot?

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