1st Flotilla U-Boat Cap Hat Badge - 1. Flottille U-Boot Kopf Abzeichen Kreigsmarine WW2 - New
This badge is made in Germany as the originals were. We believe this to be the best reproduction 1st U-Boat Flotilla hat badge available. Notice the colours are subdued and not garish and bright. Also notice the 'GES. GESCH' marking on the rear and the correct type of pin.
The 1st U-boat flotilla (German 1. Unterseebootsflottille) also known as the Weddigen flotilla, was the first operational U-boat unit in Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine (Navy). Founded on 27 September 1935 under the command of Fregattenkapitän Karl Dönitz, it was named in honor of Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen. Weddigen, a U-boat commander during World War I, died on 18 March 1915 after his submarine U-29 was rammed by the British battleship HMS Dreadnought in the North Sea.
Originally based in Kiel from September 1935-May 1941, it was moved to Brest, France in June 1941. In September 1944, the flotilla was disbanded and its remaining boats were distributed to other flotillas.