U-858 U-Boat Badge - Kptlt. Thilo Bode. Tanne and 'S'. Aged
This U-Boat had two patrols and eventually surrendered at Delaware, USA, on 14 May 1945. It was commanded by Kptlt. Thilo Bode. Now the really interesting thing is that U-858 was the first German warship to surrender to U.S. forces.
The U-858 emblem is a composite of two words. The tree is a spruce-in German "Tanne". The "S" superimposed on the tree is for Sanne. Thilo Bode married Stephanie Sanne in October 1943. His father-in-law, her father, was Lieutenant General Werner Sanne, Commander of the 100th Light Infantry Division in Stalingrad under Paulus.