Small 57er "Nachless" of a U-Bootmann.............
Gentlemen, recently picked up this small "Nachless" (set) of post war awards/badges which belonged to a U-Boat man, a DKiG holder, Heinz Pfannenshmidt, who won the DKiG as a result of actions as a "Bootsmannsmaat" (Petty Officer 3rd class) on board U-870 (part of 33. Unterseebootsflottille) on March 14th 1945World War 2 Awards.com - PFANNENSCHMIDT, Heinz also held both classes of Iron Cross and the U Boat clasp in bronze. Pfannenscmidt had previously served aboard U-43 and U-48..... see here for more info on U-870 U 870
Pfannenschmidt was born December 4th 1918, and passed away March 6th 1994.
In the set is his 1957 German Cross in Gold, a St u L piece, made sometime after 1968 as it has an open hinge assembly and is of the later wreath design and painted red ring variety Cross........... it has suffered some damage at some time, being dismantled and glued back together again ! did he drop it ? or was it run over by a vehicle ! the sunburst appears to be distorted and the EK device has been re applied.............we will never know what happened !
It also came with a his attendance medal from the 21st International U Bootfahrertreffan (Veterans meeting) held in Fulda 1983 and a veterans U-Boot association stick pin.............sadly I missed out on his award stickpin , I show an image of this piece at the end of the thread, also the seller in Germany it appears had photo albums from Pfannenschmidts estate that were broken up and sold before I saw this set, oh well you cannot win them all, comments please..............
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
07-07-2014 04:52 PM