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Reinhard Hardegen was born 18th March 1913, and joined the German navy in 1933. Prior to the outbreak of war, he underwent training as an aircraft observer and pilot with the Marineflieger, before a crash hospitalised him for several months, and he subsequently joined the u-boat fleet. After some time on U-124, he became commander of U-147 in December 1940, before taking over U-123 in May 1941, with several successful patrols. In December 1941, U-123 was part of Operation Drumbeat, a mission to the east coast of the United States on which U-123 sank several more ships, and after which Hardegen was awarded the Knights Cross. After another successful Drumbeat patrol, Hardegen was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knights Cross, before leaving U-123 in July 1942 to take up a series of training and staff posts.
Items Signed by Reinhard Hardegen
| ||Lone Wolf by Ivan Berryman. (B)|
Price : £350.00
|The Type VII U-Boat became the standard design for German submarine warfare during the Second World War, sometimes hunting in packs, but more often alone. This Type VIIC has just claimed another victim, surfacing under the cover of night to observe ......|
| ||U-203 Under Cover of Darkness by Anthony Saunders. (APB)|
Price : £590.00
|October 1941, U203 approaches her mooring on the western bank at the French port of Brest. Her fate would be sealed by depth charges from the destroyer HMS Pathfinder and aircraft from the escort carrier HMS Biter while attacking the convoy ONS 4 so......|
| ||U-201 Deadly Chase by Anthony Saunders. (C)|
Price : £580.00
|17th February 1943, U-201 with U-69 were ordered to intercept the westbound convoy ONS165. With fuel low U-201 was eventually forced to surface following a depth charge attack and rammed by the Destroyer HMS Fame. ......|
| ||Operation Drumbeat by Anthony Saunders. (APB)|
Price : £420.00
|The entry of the United States into the war opened up vast new hunting grounds for the German u-boat fleet. Operation Paukenschlag (Drumbeat in English) began in January 1942, bringing the U-boats their easiest pickings of the war. Over 300 allied v......|
| ||Dawn Rendezvous by Anthony Saunders. (E)|
Price : £600.00
|Germanys U-boat fleet had almost brought Britain to its knees in the First World war, twenty years later the story was very similar. the German U-boat arm came perilously close to cutting the lifeline that crossed the Atlantic between North America ......|
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