Imperial German Submarine Officers Presentation plaque.Circa.1915
A superb presentation plaque in polished brass, inset into its original case of issue lined with dark blue velvet, The plaque is approx.9″ x 6.25″ (23 cm x 16cm) and is of approx.3mm plate brass, polished and etched around the edge with Imperial German oak leaves , anchors and Iron Crosses.To the top there is an original Imperial German Submarine badge attached to the plate and the recipients name “Rudolf Singule’ Linienschiffsleutant, Kommandant U4 Uls Unerkennung Fur Herauusragende Leistungen In Den Seekreig. Kaiserliche Marine. Kiel 12.8.1915. On the reverse of the plaque is the makers name of “Gladenbeck U.Sohn. Berlin”. The wooden case covered in a black type stippled material with Rudolf Singule Kommandant U4 embossed in gilt to the top front of case. The case at the top right hand corner is coming adrift and needs some attention,(See photos) and the case closes with a press stud type fastening. Condition of the case is fair to good but the interior is excellent and the plaque is superb. This is a very rare item, and obviously rare to the just one person. A superb piece of Great War history and memorabilia. Investor and Serious collector quality item.
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N.B. Short History.
Rudolf Singule was born in Austro Hungary on 8th April 1883 His rank in 1906 was Fregattenleutnant, 1911 Linienschiffleutenant through the Great War. He was awarded the following decorations:-Iron Cross 2nd class 1914, Iron cross 1st Class 1914,Order of Leopold, Order of the Iron Crown, Military Merit cross and the Military Order of Maria Theresa.
In 1939 he was recalled for service in the Kriegsmarine as a U-Boat instructor and worked out of Italy and Kiel. He commanded the school boat UD-4 a former Dutch submarine(o 26) , part of the 5th Flotilla at Kiel between 1941-42.
A sad end to his career, he was killed attempting to protect a woman from drunken Soviet soldiers on a street in Brunn, Czech Republic, Five Days before the German surrender.