WW2 GERMAN U-BOAT CIGARETTE CASE
German submarine U-172 was a Type IXC U-Boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was first assigned to the 4th U-Boat Flotilla for training and on 1 May 1942 was reassigned to the 10th U-Boat Flotilla, an operational long-range organization.
U-172 was laid down at the DeScchimag AG Weser yard in Bremen as yard number 1012. She was launched on 31 July 1941 and commissioned on 5 November under the command of Kapitanleutnant Carl Emmermann. She conducted six patrols, sinking 26 ships totalling (152,080 gross Register Tons (GRT)). She was sunk by American aircraft and warships in December 1943, west of the Canary Islands.
Nickel Plate cigarette Case from the U-172. Nicely engraved to the front, showing usual signs of wear for a cigarette case of this age, opening and closing clasp still functional.