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For DAS BOOT fans - Signal from May 1942.

Article about: Im a big fan of the author, his writings and the movie Das Boot. I just had to pick up this SIGNAL magazine. A few years ago I went by a store, which sells 'pre'loved' books. The owner somet

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    Default For DAS BOOT fans - Signal from May 1942.

    Im a big fan of the author, his writings and the movie Das Boot.
    I just had to pick up this SIGNAL magazine.


    A few years ago I went by a store, which sells 'pre'loved' books.
    The owner sometimes have some nice stuff.
    He had a big cardboard box (the kind of size and type people use when moving). Inside were several years worth of mint SIGNAL magazines. Evidently from an estate, where someone had the good sense to sell the magazines instead of throwing them out.
    I rooted through them and picked up this one, as I am nuts about Subs.
    I could have bought them all as they were in goood condition and the price was right, but I didnt do it as I couldnt be bothered at the time.
    Still kicking myself.
    But hey, I got a nice SIGNAL in any case!

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    Superb condition! Great subject matter as well! Haven't seen a lot of U Boat Signals the ones I've came across if any are usually depicting a soldier of the Wehrmacht.

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    Nice pick up and a good choice

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Thanks, Nick.


    Quote by MrMosel View Post
    Superb condition! Great subject matter as well! Haven't seen a lot of U Boat Signals the ones I've came across if any are usually depicting a soldier of the Wehrmacht.
    Its in fine condition, yes. As were the rest in the box. Ohh, well.
    Many were Army related, as you say.
    I thought this interesting, as the guy who took the pic for the front page (and went on raids with a U-Boot), is the author behind DAS BOOT; Lothar-Günther Buchheim.
    As a Leutnant in the autumn of 1941, Buchheim joined Lieutenant-Commander Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock and the crew of U-96 on her seventh patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. His orders were to photograph and describe the U-boat in action. From his experiences, he wrote a short story, Die Eichenlaubfahrt (Lehmann-Willenbrock had been awarded the Knight's Cross with oak leaves).
    He later wrote the fictional narration which is DAS BOOT.

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    Great find, well done! Did you know which issue of Signal had Buchheim's voyage in it or was it a purely by chance you saw his name on the cover?

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    Thanks.
    No, I wasnt aware which issue had Buchheims voyage in it (and still dont know because its only the Sub pic on the front. Inside there is nothing about subs at all).
    I am drawn to anything Sub and noticed the Swordfish emblem on the visor cap and then the name of the Kriegsberichter. Then I just had to have it of course.
    As that boat had the Swordfish as the emblem, it most likely is a pic from the conning tower of the U-96.
    U-96 info and emblem:
    The Type VIIC boat U-96 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net
    Emblem info:
    Emblems - German U-boats of WWII - Kriegsmarine - uboat.net

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    I just watched the film again , a classic !! Nice pick up on the signal , well spotted !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hey scout,
    I did put the link recently on the forum in a other thread....
    But here is my cell phone ringtone;
    Download U Boat Siren ringtones to your cell phone - alarm sms uboat - 4437765 | Zedge
    ;-)
    cheers
    |<ris
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Great stuff mate, that's a great looking magazine cover, well done!

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    I just watched the film again , a classic !! Nice pick up on the signal , well spotted !!
    One of my favourite movies and certainly the ultimate U-Boat movie bar none.
    Jürgen Prochnows best role.
    Did you know the young Kriegsberichter is played by Herbert Gröhnemeyer, who later went on to be an accomplished singer.
    His album 'MENSCH' is quite good IMO.

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