Product Description: This is a really nice, really clean example of the 1933 Gau München badge. It’s a great strike, with lots of detail. The metal, which appears to be bronzed copper, has taken on a lovely dark color with age. The 1933 Gau München badge was a commemorative award for the Munich district of the Nazi party. The center of this badge features a large mobile swastika emblem with the date, 1933. Surrounding this swastika is a finely sculpted wreath of oak leaves, wrapped with a banner reading “Und Ihr Habt Doch Gesiegt” (And yet you have triumphed), a reference to the participants of the failed putsch of 1923. The back of the badge is also clean, with the original and still-functional pin, and is clearly marked with the maker mark of Deschler & Sohn, the premiere badge and award manufacturer in Munich. This 1933 Gau München badge has a great look and is a desirable piece of early NSDAP political regalia.
Historical Description: The Nazi Party was organized geographically into districts. Below the national “Reich” level were the “Gau” districts, there were the Nazi era administrative equivalent of traditional German states. The leadership of each Gau was authorized to award special badges to recognize a variety of achievements in the political realm. The exact requirements for each award were determined by the leader of each Gau, and could range from outstanding service to the local political organization, to long service to the Party or participation in important historic events during the Party’s time of struggle before 1933. Some Gau badges were issued in several grades to recognize different levels of experience or achievement. These badges were worn on military and civilian uniforms and were a mark of honor for the Nazi political elite. Twelve different Gau Honor Badges were designed for the 33 (later 43) Gau districts of Nazi Germany. They were carefully designed with impressive designs to denote the high levels of achievement for which they were awarded, and the quality of these badges is generally extremely high. These wewre awarded in limited numbers, and as a result, none of the Gau Honor Badge types are commonly encountered today.
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