Heavy Crusier "Prinz Eugen" Rare Group

Heavy Crusier &quotPrinz Eugen" Rare Group

Heavy Crusier "Prinz Eugen" Rare Group.


Group to a Soldier, Matrosengefreiter Kaufmann, who participated in the fight between the Heavy Cruiser "Prinz Eugen" and the Battleship "Bismarck" against the British forces the 24 of May 1941.


The Battle of the Denmark Strait was a naval engagement on 24 May 1941 in the Second World War, between ships of the Royal Navy and the German Kriegsmarine. The British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood fought the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, which were attempting to break out into the North Atlantic to attack Allied merchant shipping (Operation RheinĂĽbung).


Fewer than 10 minutes after the British opened fire, a shell from Bismarck struck Hood near her aft ammunition magazines. Soon afterwards, Hood exploded and sank within three minutes, with the loss of all but three of her crew. Prince of Wales continued to exchange fire with Bismarck but suffered serious malfunctions in her main armament. The British battleship had only just been completed in late March 1941, and used new quadruple gun turrets that were unreliable. Therefore, the Prince of Wales soon broke off the engagement. The battle was considered a tactical victory for the Germans but its impact was short-lived the damage done to Bismarck's forward fuel tanks forced the abandonment of the breakout and an attempt to escape to dry dock facilities in occupied France, producing an operational victory for the British. Incensed by the loss of Hood, a large British force pursued and sank Bismarck three days later.


The Group consist of the following items


- High Seas Fleet badge, Schwerin manufacture, in very good worn condition.


- Document for the High Seas Fleet badge, Given to Matrosengefreiten "Kaufmann" -N1761/39S- for the service abord the Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen. Document is dated the 22 of December 1941 and signed by the Admiral and Flottenchef Schniedwind in original. Document is never folded and have no binderholes, just some spots of yellowing from age.


- Very rare Personalized memory booklet that was only given to the crewman of "Prinz Eugen" and their relatives. Large A5 format personalized booklet namned to "Matrosengefreiten Kaufmann". It was given to the personnel who was with at the battle described above. Booklet is 12 pages with colorized scetches of the fighting scenes. It is in very good condition and have been folded once. With it also comes a Magazine "Die Kriegsmarine" a issue dealing with the fights of Heavy Cruiser "Prinz Eugen".


- Iron Cross 2´nd class, makermarked "25" for maker "Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Graveur - Gold - und Silberschmiedeinnungen, Hanau" Quite a scarce maker. Cross is in nice worn condition with some tarnish to the silver frame and a couple of spots of paintloss to the iron core, comes with a piece of original ribbon.


- Document for the Iron Cross 2´nd class, given to Steuermannsmaaten Kaufmann (Franz) on board the 28 of November 1944. Document is signed by Vizeadmiral und Befehlshaber der 2 Kampfgruppe August Thiele in original. Document is never folded and have no binderholes.


- Quite rare Naval Combat Clasp, instituted 19 of November 1944 it was scarce. Most of the ones during the war was made aboard ships. This is one which is made that way, it is a well know and approved pattern.


- DRL Sportbadge in Bronze, badge is in good worn condition.


- Kaufmanns Wisselpipe, cromed Km model in very good condition, makes a lot of noice for sure:-)


This is a very scarce and complete Group to a Soldier who was a participant of one of the most famous naval fights during World War II!!


Heavy Crusier "Prinz Eugen" Rare Group