Ball Hinge Luftwaffe Flak Badge

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Unknown

Metal: Tombak

SKU: C11386 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Ball Hinge Luftwaffe Flak Badge is a great quality, early badge, with a fantastic look. It’s a desirable Tombak (brass alloy) version. The front of this badge is loaded with gorgeous detail, and the darker toned recesses contrast with bright high points to give it visual depth that is really striking. It has virtually all of the original silver finish, on both sides. There is almost no wear to the front, and the surfaces are smooth and clean. The reverse of this Ball Hinge Luftwaffe Flak Badge has attractive age toning, and the distinctive hardware setup for which this variant is known. The hardware is functional and unrepaired, and features a ball hinge, round wire pin, and a crimped-in sheet metal catch. There is no maker marking. Overall, it is just a killer example of a Tombak ball hinge flak badge, with tremendous eye appeal.


Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Flak Badge was instituted on 10th January, 1941. The original design, an Eagle clutching a swastika flying above a raised 88mm gun emplacement and surrounded by an oakleaves wreath, is credited to Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, a famous German architect whose designs were favored by the German OKW and used for many other combat and qualification awards. The criteria for the awarding of the Luftwaffe Flak Badge was based upon a points system. Points were given for the downing of enemy aircraft and the assistance of the downing of aircraft by searchlight or spotting units. After accruing 16 points, the badge would be awarded. Both officers and enlisted personnel were eligible for the award.


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