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Mint orange grip, the hilt fittings retain almost all original gilt finish with excellent detail to the eagle and swastika pommel. Very usual double etched blade by WKC Solingen, the obverse and reverse side's are double etched in decorative panels with the dolphin & fouled anchor design, the reverse side of the blade is also beautifully factory etched in Gothic lettering with the U-Boat identification, U189, the blade shows some very faint spotting mainly to the tip but this is still an extremely nice blade. The WKC hammered scabbard is also in superb condition which is still in full gilt, the reverse side of the scabbard is beautifully engraved in Gothic script with the owners name, Helmut Kurrer. The dagger is complete with it's original gold knot. Apparently this dagger turned up many years ago in Germany with other items belonging to this U-Boat Captain, the collection was split and dispersed to collectors around the world. Korvettenkapitan Helmut Kurrer was born on the 16.2.1916 in Eisleben, he joined the German navy in the 1930's, promoted to Leutnant in 1934, Oberleutnant in 1939, Kapitanleutnant in 1942 and Korvettenkapitan in 1943, his early service seems to be with Naval destroyers but in 1942 he was transferred to the U-Boat command and after initial training he was assigned on the 15.8.1942 to U.189 as the captain of this U-boat, the boat then took up training operations until the end of March 1943, on the 1st of April 1943 the U-Boat took up active service with the 2nd U-Boat Flotilla, the U-Boat was sunk on the 23rd of April in the North Atlantic by a RAF Liberator flown by Flight Officer Moffat, Helmut Kurrer and most of the crew escaped the destroyed U.boat and the British high command was informed of this but refused to help the crew and so unfortunately they perished, Moffat received the DFC for this action. An historically important dagger, this is the only dagger I have owned or even seen in over 30 years that can be documented to a U-Boat Captain. Complete with research file.[Condition: Exc++]