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Title Pair of battle flags for U-802 + pennants
Nationality German
Period c 1943

These (the Reichskriegsflagge, 18 x 31 inches, and the Jutland Day Imperial Ensign, 14 x 23 inches) are attributed to U-boat 802, which surrendered to the Royal Navy on 10/5/45 near Cape Wrath, Scotland. The commissioning flag (the twin-tailed pennant with the Iron Cross) accompanies this lot, together with what may be a Royal Navy capture pennant.

They are made of good quality cotton and the RKF has inked U-802 on its seam, together with the applied maker's label, 'Fahnen Adler Seit 1863 in Koln'.

Provenance: the widow of Karl-Heinz Wahnig, who served as a leading electrician on board U-802. He was made a prisoner of war at the end of the war and married and settled in England. He appears in numerous books and articles and was featured on an official Royal Navy Philatelic Society First Day Cover for the 50th Anniversary of Operation 'Deadlight', with his picture and signature on each Master Envelope, and 18 photocopies of shots of the U-boat on active service from the family album.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Miscellaneous : Third Reich : Navy]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

Your package arrived safely and in perfect condition this morning - and it's brilliant - and I am very pleased with it.

J P, UK, 02.02.2008