ON HOLD (ms)Outstanding, Historic, U-Boat NCO Visor Cap

SKU: Uagduboot


This is a superb, service worn NCO KM visor cap with badge for U-826 (which is described below). The size is approximately 56-57. Very historic and fine example, COA accompanies.


On 11 May 1945, U-826 surrendered at Loch Eriboll, Scotland. She was later transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland, after being transferred to Lisahally first. Of the 156 U-boats that eventually surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of the war, U-826 was one of 116 selected to take part in Operation DeadlightU-826 was towed out and sank on 1 December 1945, by unknown causes.
Of the 156 U-boats that surrendered to the allies at the end of the war, 116 were scuttled as part of Operation Deadlight. The Royal Navy carried out the operation, and planned to tow the submarines to three areas about 100 miles (160 km) north-west of Ireland and sink them. The areas were codenamed XX, YY, and ZZ. They intended to use XX as the main scuttling area, while towing 36 boats to ZZ to use as practice targets for aerial attack. YY was to be a reserve position where, if the weather was good enough, they could divert submarines from XX to sink with naval forces. Submarines that were not used for target practice were to be sunk with explosive charges, with naval gunfire as a fall-back option if that failed.
When Operation Deadlight began, the navy found that many of the U-boats were in poor condition from being moored in exposed harbours while awaiting disposal. These issues, combined with poor weather, sank 56 of the boats before they reached the scuttling areas, and those that did reach the area were generally sunk by gunfire rather than explosive charges. The first sinking took place on 17 November 1945 and the last on 11 February 1946.

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