You are bidding on a SUPERB and VERY RARE example of a WW2 German Kriegsmarine Communication Flag/Pennant”, as used by various Battleships, Destroyers, and Cruisers! This SPECIFIC example was recovered from AH’s Personal Yacht, the “Aviso Grille”! I will provide the full provenance to the winning bidder.
“Aviso Grille” was built in Germany for the Kriegsmarine in the mid-1930s for use as a state yacht by AH and other leading individuals in the regime. The ship received a light armament of three 12.7-centimeter (5 in) guns and was fitted to be capable of serving as an auxiliary minelayer. Completed in 1935, her experimental high-pressure steam turbines, which were installed to test them before they were used in destroyers, required significant modifications and the ship finally entered service in 1937. Over the next two years, she was used in a variety of roles, including as a training vessel and a target ship, in addition to her duties as a yacht.After the start of World War II in September 1939, she was used as a minelayer and as a patrol vessel in the Baltic Sea, tasked with searching for enemy merchant vessels. She collided with a German transport ship in January 1940 and after repairs, resumed minelaying duties in the North Sea, thereafter being used as a gunnery training ship. She was briefly assigned to the minelaying unit tasked with supporting Operation Sea Lion in September before the planned invasion of Britain was cancelled, and she was reassigned to the Baltic during Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Gunnery training duties followed from August 1941 until March 1942, when she was reduced to a headquarters ship for the commander of naval forces based in occupied Norway; she served in this capacity for the rest of the war.She had over 30 staterooms that housed guests including Benito Mussolini, Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels, Miklos Horthy, Hess, and many others from Germany and the Axis countries. AH was the most frequent visitor, showing off his ship and usually spending three or four nights on board. On May 1, 1945 Grand-Admiral Donitz announced the death of Hitler from the foredeck of the vessel.Seized by British forces as war reparations in 1945, she was later sold either to a Lebanese businessman who intended to use the ship as a yacht or a Lebanese shipping company for use as a passenger vessel. During this period, she was involved in a collision in March 1947, and in November 1948, she was attacked by a Jewish saboteur with limpet mines after the intelligence arm of the Haganah incorrectly assessed the vessel as having been intended to attack the Jewish fleet. After repairs were completed, the owner instead brought the ship to the United States in 1949 in an unsuccessful attempt to find a buyer. He ultimately sold Grille for scrap in 1951.
Made of a lightweight cotton/rayon, this flag is in AMAZING used condition. It does feature slight wear, stains, and marks due to the age, but nothing that detracts. This was removed from the vessel in 1951 before she was scrapped, and I will provide the full provenance to the winning bidder. Featuring a horizontal red, white, and black stripe, this is flag has a wartime ink stamp indicating, “N-P-3-6“. It is VERY large and measures approx. 58” in length. Would make for a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!
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Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase.
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Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.
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