You are bidding on a SUPERB used example of a WW2 German Kriegsmarine Billy Club! These were used on various Navy ships throughout the war. This SPECIFIC item (along with other items I have listed) was saved from the Admiral Hipper Class Cruiser “Prinz Eugen” by Commander William F. Handley, shortly before her demise in 1946. Handley served as the Chief Engineer on the Prinz Eugen for the duration of her US Service, up until she was scrapped.
Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, laid down in April 1936, launched in August 1938, and entered service after the outbreak of war, in August 1940. She was armed with a main battery of eight 20.3 cm guns and displaced over 16,000 long tons
Along with the Bismarck, she saw action during Operation in May 1941. The two ships destroyed the British battlecruiser Hood and moderately damaged the battleship Prince of Wales in the Battle of the Denmark Strait. Prinz Eugen was detached from Bismarck during the operation to raid Allied merchant shipping, but this was cut short due to engine troubles. After putting into occupied France and undergoing repairs, the ship participated in Operation Cerberus, a daring daylight dash through the English Channel back to Germany. In February 1942, Prinz Eugen was deployed to Norway, although her time stationed there was curtailed when she was torpedoed by the British submarine Trident days after arriving in Norwegian waters. The torpedo severely damaged the ship’s stern, which necessitated repairs in Germany.
Upon returning to active service, the ship spent several months training officer cadets in the Baltic before serving as artillery support for the retreating German Army on the Eastern Front. After the German collapse in May 1945, she was surrendered to the British Royal Navy before being transferred to the US Navy as a war prize. The cruiser was commissioned into the US Navy as the unclassified miscellaneous vessel USS Prinz Eugen with the hull number IX-300. A composite American-German crew consisting of 574 German officers and sailors, supervised by eight American officers and eighty-five enlisted men under the command of Graubart, then took the ship to Boston, departing on 13 January 1946 and arriving on 22 January.
After examining the ship, the US Navy assigned the cruiser to the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll. Having survived the atomic blasts, Prinz Eugen was towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where she ultimately capsized and sank in December 1946. The wreck remains partially visible above the water approximately two miles northwest of Bucholz Army Airfield, on the edge of Enubuj. One of her screw propellers was salvaged and is on display at the Laboe Naval Memorial in Germany.
Made of wood and steel, this Billy Club, is a VERY NICE example! Originating from the “Prinz Eugen”, this was a standard item, used by security personnel. There is some slight wear, marks, and dents due to the age, but nothing that detracts. Please note that the Photos, Documents, ID’s etc. that are shown in the LAST 3 photos are NOT part of the auction, and are for reference only. An EXTREMELY RARE piece of history, it would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!
Again, you are bidding on the Billy Club only. The documents shown in the last 3 photos are NOT part of the auction.
Please note that I have NUMEROUS items from the Prinz Eugen, all which were removed by Commander William F. Handley. Please see my other eBay auctions.
Please email me if you need additional photos or information.
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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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