The Golden Horseshoe - U-99
|U-99's famous horseshoe emblems were added just before her first patrol in June 1940. At one point when the anchor was raised a pair of horseshoes were found to be attached to it. Taking this as a sign of good luck, Kptlt. Otto Krestchmer had them welded to the tower, one either side.
Horseshoes were also seen on the following boats: U-31, U-145, U-214, U-268, U-355, U-379, U-570, U-640 and U-1010
Curiously, the British destroyer that fatally damaged U-99, HMS Walker, also had a horseshoe emblem.
1 U-boat displayed this emblem