U-48: the most successful U-boat of the Second World War. This is a high quality hand made reproduction of a difficult to find (and very expensive) German U-Boat captains cap with 70+ years of ageing.It is a beautiful museum exhibit hat made from top quality material in aged condition. The body of the cap is made from blue cotton that shows signs of ageing; a black wool cap band, old genuine leather chin strap, and a beautifully aged leather sweat band. Unlike cheap reproductions the insignia and visor of this cap are made from the correct hand embroidered gold wire bullion. The hat comes fitted with a hand made U-48 (Cat times 3) brass cap badge and a copy of Kapitänleutnant Herbert Schultze's signature inserted inside the sweat protector. The cap will also come complete with an aged'birdy'.
A perfect cap for any museum and private Kriegsmarine collection. This cap is not a cheap reproduction but has been hand made using German WW2 design patterns. A genuine cap like this - if it ever came up for sale - will easily sell for thousands of pounds, which is beyond the price range of most collectors. U-48, a Type VIIB U-boat, was built at the Germaniawerft, Kiel, between 1938 and 1939 under the designation of'Yard Number 583'. During her two years of active service, U-48 sank 55 ships for a total of 321,000 tons; she also damaged two more for a total of 12,000 tons over twelve war patrols conducted during the opening stages of the Battle of the Atlantic.Seven former members of the boat's crew earned the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during their military career: these were the commanders Herbert Schultze, Hans-Rudolf Rösing and Heinrich Bleichrodt, the first watch officer Reinhard Suhren, the second watch Otto Ites, the chief engineer Erich Zürn and the coxswain Horst Hofmann. Schultze became commander of operation 3 U-Flotilla and later was appointed commander, II/Naval College Schleswig. He died in 1987 at the age of 78. U-48 survived most of the war and was scuttled by her own crew on 3 May 1945 off Neustadt in order to keep the submarine from falling into Allied hands. The item "German WW2 Style u-boat Kriegsmarine Captain Visor Hat Cap U-48 Museum Quality" is in sale since Monday, August 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War II (1939-1945)\Uniforms". The seller is "warbooty" and is located in Portrush. This item can be shipped worldwide.