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WWII German Tin Toy Submarine -
The item featured here is a tin toy of a German U-Boat. The story we got is that the GI was in Germany in 1943. When he returned home he brought this toy for his son. The son remembers playing with it in the bathtub when he was a little kid. Although some parts are missing, fortunately the sub remains in pretty good shape and retains the original paint.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German collectibles. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German collectible worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the collectibles is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German items in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The submarine has very nice litograph applied to it. The top is painted green while the bottom is red. The conning tower has a bridge with a small plastic figure of a man looking through a set of binoculars. The number 29 is written to the side. A Kriegsmarine eagle is placed in the very front.

The submarine comes apart in two by pressing the upper section. This releases pressure on the tabs allowing the toy to be taken apart.

The front is equipped with a silver sew whose purpose was to cut anti-submairne netting. A cannon is placed on the deck. It has a 360 dregree movement range.

The propellor of the submarine spins freely. A rotor moves to provide the direction of the ship. According to information found this example is missing a mechanical assembly which wound up the propellor to allow the submarine to move. The winding was done via the periscope, which is not present here.

Here is an example of what the submarine toy and packaging looked like when they were new.

Many German items are currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of the items. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of a german military collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other collectibles of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Collectibles identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), political, civil service, homefront and many more areas.


The value for WWII German military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $270.00 $290.00 $300.00 $320.00 $320.00 $340.00 $350.00 $350.00 $370.00 $370.00 $380.00 $390.00
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Mar 6th, 2017
German items that were used at the homefront during WWII have become collectibles. The item featured here is hard to find. Tin toys have a solid market. The value has gonee up consistently. It is expected that this trend will continue.

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