lifejacket, stuffed and inflatable: German Imperial Navy
Waistcoat-style, stuffed and inflatable lifejacket sized in 1915 from a German seaman of submarine U-12, after his rescue by HMS Attack, one of the vessels which sank the submarine.
Horsehair stuffed green quilted fabric waistcoat, heavily soiled, with webbing straps on which are metal, single-pronge buckles. A pocket is attached by pop fastenings. A rubberised fabric inflatable bladder is attached to rear by four webbing straps with metal fittings and single-prong buckles. Sewn on are black fabric webbing waist belt with metal fittings and single-pronge buckle, along with a fabric webbing adjustable crotch strap. Metal hoop attached to lower rear bottom edge of jacket. Rubber bladder is stencilled with "U12" "4". Also on the bladder the manufacturer's mark stencilled on the bladder: "Dragerwerk-Lubeck"
The lifejacket was taken from a German seaman who was rescued by HMS Attack from the wreck of submarine U-12, which was sunk on 10 March 1915 by the destroyer, in company with her sisters Ariel and Acheron, off the north east coast of Scotland. The three ships picked up 10 survivors.
On 11 September 1916, the life jacket was presented by the ship's company of HMS Attack to the Royal United Services Institute. In 1952 on the divesting of the RUSI museum's post-1914 material, the lifejacket was presented to the IWM at its Crayford site.