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Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboote Patrol Boat Norway Photo 1940 seller admin
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Here we have a very nice Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboote Patrol Ship
in Operation Weser-Exercise (Unternehmen Weserübung). On back of this printed stamp numbers, OSLO was developed in Oslo, Norway, also Old German writing Norway and dated in 1940
it"s "Sicherung bei der Überfahrt nach Norwegen 1940
which could mean: Securing the voyage to Norway in 1940 (when written by a crew member of the vessel depicted) or Escort [vessel] during the voyage to Norway in 1940 (when written by a crew member of the merchantman, or whatever large ship it is, from which this pic was taken) (see PHOTO picture). Look at the crow´s nest in the front mast.
Vorpostenboote (patrol boats) were the workhorses in the costal operations of the Kriegsmarine. Used for patrol duty, escort or submarine hunting those smal vessels were used at all costal areas where the Kriegsmarine was operating. Due to the lack of "real" warships, several kind of existing boats were modified to serve in the role of a Vorpostenboot - harbor boats, yachts, mainly fishing and whaler boats. Escepcially fishing boats could be found in huge numbers, either at the German coast or the coasts of occupied territorys. Equipped with 8,8 cm guns and anti-aircraft guns of various kinds and numbers, those boats could harm enemy motor gun boats which they engaged in the British Channel, but were outgunned it they encountered destroyers or bigger warships.
These images are a collection of World War II photos . All images are from original photos, contemporary to the period, and all black & white images are actual photographic
(original photo).
Operation Weserübung was the code name for Nazi Germanys assault on Denmark and Norway during World War II and the opening operation of the Norwegian Campaign. The name comes from the German for Operation Weser-Exercise (Unternehmen Weserübung), the Weser being a German river.
In the early morning of 9 April 1940 – Wesertag ("Weser Day") – Germany invaded Denmark and Norway, ostensibly as a preventive manoeuvre against a planned, and openly discussed. Franco-British occupation of both these countries. After the invasions, envoys of the Germans informed the governments of Denmark and Norway that the Wehrmacht had come to protect the countries"" neutrality against Franco-British aggression. Significant differences in geography, location and climate between the two countries made the actual military operations very dissimilar.

The Photo are in excellent condition, Fine, collectible. Buy photo as is!!

NOTE: The Photo is an Original.

Size of photo is Approx.: 3 ¾" X 2 ½ ” inches
The requirements for the 1935 class included a maximum "declared" displacement of around 600 tons in order to come within a clause in the Washington Naval Treaty, and higher speeds than the older 1923 and 1924 classes. In reality these ships came in overweight at around 900 tons standard displacement. To achieve this, high pressure turbines were used but these were unreliable and difficult to repair and maintain in the restricted space of the hull. The low displacement made them unseaworthy which was only partially resolved by 1940 and this reduced the effectiveness of the class as minelayers. There was an even greater concentration on torpedoes, with a single 10.5 centimetre gun and minimal anti-aircraft protection. The 1937s incorporated some modifications, including lower pressure turbines, but with little real improvement. They displayed the same limitations as their predecessors and the reasons for persisting with such a poor design are unclear. Twelve 1935s and nine 1937s were built at Schichau Elbing and all except two survived until the late war or post-war. This survivability reflects their unsuitability as warships and they were either withdrawn into reserve or used as training ships.
The 1935 design was unsuccessful and the 1937 was little better. These ships were designed as a larger more seaworthy torpedo vessel rather than a more balanced mini destroyer.
The Kriegsmarine (or "War Navy") was the name of the German Navy between 1935 and 1945, during the Nazi regime, superseding the Reichsmarine.Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was only allowed a minimal navy. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Hitler soon began to ignore many of the Treaty restrictions and to accelerate German rearmament. The Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 18 June 1935 then allowed Germany to build a navy equivalent to 35% of British surface ship tonnage and 45% of British submarine tonnage battleships were to be limited to no more than 35,000 tons. Following the 1938 crisis of German demands on Czechoslovakia, Germany abandoned all pretensions of adherence to treaty limitations on its navy. The so-called Plan Z, the blueprint for the German naval construction program finalized in 1938, envisaged building a navy of about 800 ships over the next eight years (1939-1947), including 10 battleships and battlecruisers, 4 aircraft carriers, 15 armored ships (Panzerschiffe), 5 heavy cruisers, 44 light cruisers, 158 destroyers and torpedo boats, and 249 submarines, along with numerous smaller craft. Personnel strength was planned to rise to over 200,000.
Since the simultaneous and rapid build-up of the German army and airforce demanded substantial effort and resources, the planned naval program was not very far advanced by the time World War II began. Indeed, implementation only began in January 1939 when two H-class battleships were laid down. On 1 September 1939, the navy still had a total personnel strength of only 78,000, and it was not at all ready for a major role in the war. With expectations in Germany of a quick victory by land, Plan Z was essentially shelved and the resources initially targeted for its realization were largely redirected to the construction of U-boats.
Printed by and made in Germany.

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