Original Kriegsmarine officer's sidecap of Oberleutnant Rudolf Schultze. Schultze was one of four sons of Generaladmiral Otto Schultze (see lots at this auction) and commanded U-2540 during the war. His brother, Herbert Schultze - was a famous and highly decorated (Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves) U-Boot commander.
This sidecap is an absolutely untouched example with period time applied insignia and the original attached metal U-2540 cap badge. The brass badge shows an U-Boot with four officer daggers. Each dagger symbolizes one of the four sons of Generaladmiral Otto Schultze.
Fine hand-embroidered cap eagle and cockade. Black linen lining. It looks to be "K 57" stamped. A small tag looks to have been removed. It must have been his name tag.
No mothing! Very nice condition 2. A very rare and unique cap with lovely patina.
Oberleutnant zur See Rudolf Schultze was born on 19.5.1922 and died in September 2000. He was part of Crew XII/39 and commanded U-61 and U-2540 after serving as 1.WO and 2.WO on U-608. Many details on his service time are available on the net.
Schultze actively sunk his U-Boot U-2540 on 4.5.1945 („Aktion Regenbogen“). Ironically Dönitz refused „Aktion Regenbogen“ on the same day. Rudolf Schultze has ignored this order as many other commanders.
U-2540 was recovered in 1957 and served again as U-Boot „Wilhelm Bauer“ from 1960 for the Bundesmarine. The boat is on exhibition today.
Oberleutnant zur See Rudolf Schultze - persönliches Offiziersschiffchen Beschreibung