These types of plates were installed directly on doors of various officer cabins. This SPECIFIC item (along with other items I have listed) was saved from the Admiral Hipper Class Cruiser "Prinz Eugen" by Commander William F. Handley, shortly before her demise in 1946. Handley served as the Chief Engineer on the Prinz Eugen for the duration of her US Service, up until she was scrapped.Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, laid down in April 1936, launched in August 1938, and entered service after the outbreak of war, in August 1940. She was armed with a main battery of eight 20.3 cm guns and displaced over 16,000 long tons. Along with the Bismarck, she saw action during Operation in May 1941. The two ships destroyed the British battlecruiser Hood and moderately damaged the battleship Prince of Wales in the Battle of the Denmark Strait. In February 1942, Prinz Eugen was deployed to Norway, although her time stationed there was curtailed when she was torpedoed by the British submarine Trident days after arriving in Norwegian waters.
After the German collapse in May 1945, she was surrendered to the British Royal Navy before being transferred to the US Navy as a war prize. The cruiser was commissioned into the US Navy as the unclassified miscellaneous vessel USS Prinz Eugen with the hull number IX-300. Having survived the atomic blasts, Prinz Eugen was towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where she ultimately capsized and sank in December 1946.
The wreck remains partially visible above the water approximately two miles northwest of Bucholz Army Airfield, on the edge of Enubuj. One of her screw propellers was salvaged and is on display at the Laboe Naval Memorial in Germany. This is a FANTASTIC example! Originating from the Admiral's (Commanding Officer's) Bathroom Door on the "Prinz Eugen", there are some slight wear and marks due to the age, but nothing that detracts. Please note that the Photos, Documents, ID's etc.
An EXTREMELY RARE piece of history, it would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display! Please note that I have NUMEROUS items from the Prinz Eugen, all which were removed by William F.Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft Fw190, Me262, etc. , as well as USAF and Japanese items.
Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. Use is solely based on my authorization only. The item "WW2 German Navy Kriegsmarine ADMIRAL DOOR PLATE PRINZ EUGEN RARE" is in sale since Sunday, November 24, 2019.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Other German WWII Orig. The seller is "messerschmitt*109" and is located in Malibu, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.