Eick began his naval career in April 1937. He served for more than a year on the destroyer Hermann Beitzen, and he undertook 16 patrols in the first year of the war. In November 1940 he transferred to the U-boat force, where he accompanied U-176 on her first two patrols. In May 1943 he became commander of U-510. After a successful patrol in Brazilian waters, U-510 left Lorient on her second patrol assigned as one of the Monsun boats. He operated for a few months in the Indian Ocean before heading back in January 1945 with a load of important goods, such as tin and quinine on board. After being supplied with oil southeast of Madagascar by U-861, U-510 ran out of fuel in the North Atlantic, but managed to reach the U-boat base at St Nazaire in France at the end of April 1945. He was held in French captivity from May 1945 to July 1947.
Kapitanleutnant Alfred Eick
Knight?s Cross of the Iron Cross
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.
Accompanied by matching biography card giving U-boat service details.