Original German WWII Kriegsmarine Anti-Aircraft Gun Crewman Maschinewaffenschutze Navy Jumper
Original Item: Only One Available. The Kriegsmarine was the navy of NSDAP Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of the German Empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war Reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the Weimar Republic. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches, along with the Heer and the Luftwaffe, of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945.
This beautiful Kriegsmarine blue wool jumper belonged to an Obergefreiter Fla-Maschinewaffenschutze (Seaman 2nd class Anti-Aircraft Machine Gunner) who was also a Zimmermanns (Carpenter Petty Officer). This can be identified by the metal patch. His “rate” or job was an Anti-Aircraft Gun Gunner and the patches indicating so is on the left shoulder. The rating patch features the elongated bomb. Both patches are of wool construction and appear to have been hand stitched on. On the right breast of the jumper the Kriegsmarine gold eagle can be found. This was a service worn tunic and displays a “worn” appearance. There are some small holes present in areas but nothing major. There are painted letters on the bottom which read:
There is what we believe to be a name label which reads HAF.
The condition is beautiful and a great example of a genuine service worn Kriegsmarine jumper!
Collar to shoulder: 11”
Shoulder to sleeve: 19”
Shoulder to shoulder: 23”
Chest width: 19”
Waist width: 17”
Hip width: 20”
Front length: 33"
More on the Kriegsmarine
In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, the Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during German naval rearmament in the 1930s. The 1919 treaty had limited the size of the German navy and prohibited the building of submarines
Kriegsmarine ships were deployed to the waters around Spain during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) under the guise of enforcing non-intervention, but in reality supported the Nationalists against the Spanish Republicans.
In January 1939, Plan Z, a massive ship-building program, was ordered, calling for surface naval parity with the British Royal Navy by 1944. When World War II broke out in September 1939, Plan Z was shelved in favour of a crash building program for submarines (U-boats) instead of capital surface warships, and land and air forces were given priority of strategic resources.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (as for all branches of armed forces during the period of absolute NSDAP power) was AH, who exercised his authority through the Oberkommando der Marine ("High Command of the Navy").
The Kriegsmarine's most significant ships were the U-boats, most of which were constructed after Plan Z was abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic but this tactic was largely abandoned by May 1943 when U-boat losses mounted. Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders (including auxiliary cruisers) were used to disrupt Allied shipping in the early years of the war, the most famous of these being the heavy cruisers Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismarck. However, the adoption of convoy escorts, especially in the Atlantic, greatly reduced the effectiveness of surface commerce raiders against convoys.
Following the end of World War II in 1945, the Kriegsmarine's remaining ships were divided up among the Allied powers and were used for various purposes including minesweeping. Some were loaded with superfluous chemical weapons and scuttled.
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