Austrian WWI Submarine Service Badge -- Worn in III Reich?

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Austrian WWI Submarine Service Badge -- Worn in III Reich?

Post by Geheime Feldpolizei » 25 Aug 2003 00:40

Does anyone know if the Austrian WWI Submarine Service Badge was authorized to be worn by veterans of the Austrian navy during their Third Reich service? As always, thanks for your input.

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Post by USAF1986 » 25 Aug 2003 02:40

I have seen photographic evidence of only one officer wearing it in WWII: Konteradmiral z.V. Dr. jur. Paul Meixner (pinned below his EKI in the photo). As I understand it, the Austrian U-Boat Badge was not a war badge or an award in the German sense. It was apparently worn only by personnel while assigned to a given boat. It remained the property of individual boats and had to be given back when not on direct duty with the boat in question. However, Meixner seems to have worn one during WWII like a "war badge."

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Post by Geheime Feldpolizei » 25 Aug 2003 11:37

Is he wearing TWO German Crosses in this photo?

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Post by USAF1986 » 25 Aug 2003 13:33

Yes, Meixner received both:

• German Cross in Gold: 11 February 1943, Sonderführer (Kapitän zur See), Chief of the German Naval Command North Africa.
• German Cross in Silver: 6 June 1942, Korvettenkapitän z.V., Chief of the German Sea Transport Center North Africa.

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Nice

Post by Matt Gibbs » 26 Aug 2003 00:11

Very rare pic to see BOTH DK's worn at the same time. I have seen only one other, SS Ogruf Von dem bach
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