GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DONITZ - AUTOGRAPH NOTE UNSIGNED - HFSID 260541
Sale Price $180.00
GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DÖNITZ
Autograph Note, unsigned, 5¾x3¾. In full: "Affectionate greetings also/Mr. Gaffin!". Imprinted in German: "GROSS ADMIRAL (ret.) DÖNITZ/thanks for the good wishes for Christmas/and the New Year and affectionately returns them." During WWII, Admiral Karl Dönitz (1891-1980) developed the idea of fighting in wolf packs. In January 1943, Hitler replaced Erich Raeder with Dönitz as Commander in Chief of the German Navy. Dönitz gave permission for a radically improved U-boat to be built in 1944. Working closely with Albert Speer, the Minister of Armaments, Germany was producing 42 of these all-electric boats a month by 1945. However, they were too late to make an impact on the outcome of the war. As the war was coming to a close, Hitler selected Dönitz to succeed him as Führer. After forming a new government, Führer Döenitz negotiated Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945. At the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Dönitz was found guilty of war crimes and was sentenced to ten years in prison. He was 79 when he died on Christmas Eve in 1980. Two file holes at upper blank margin. Fine condition.
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