Product Description: This Coastal Artillery Badge is an extremely beautiful example. It’s made by the firm of C. E. Juncker in Berlin, a desirable maker. This attractive badge retains about 90 percent of the lovely original finish, and all of the detail. It’s an early production piece, made of Tombak. The original gold finish on the wreath gleams nicely, with bare metal peeking through at the high points. The gun emplacement shows pleasant, mild age patina to the original darkening. The reverse of this outstanding Coastal Artillery Badge is flat and smooth. It’s marked with the name of the badge’s designer, Otto Placzek, as well as the maker, Juncker. The hardware setup is complete and unrepaired, with a block hinge and functional banjo pin. The round wire “C” catch shows the correct die flaw. This appealing, early badge has a wonderful look, and remains in very strong, excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: The Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge (Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie) was instituted on June 24, 1941, by Kriegsmarine leader Grossadmiral Erich Raeder. The purpose of the badge was to recognize the successes of the Kriegsmarine coastal artillery and anti-aircraft units, and it was authorized to be awarded to entire units as well as individual soldiers. The design of the badge, which was created by Otto Placzek, featured a coastal artillery gun, with the sea behind, surrounded by a wreath and surmounted by the German national eagle and swastika emblem. The award criteria for this badge were complex and in part based on a points system. Various achievements, such as being part of a crew to shoot down a plane, successfully deploying searchlights, or successfully using radar, were assigned values of between 0.5 and 2 points, with 8 points being needed to earn the badge. The badge could also be rewarded for exceptional personal achievements in combat, or for leadership, and it could also be awarded posthumously. Starting in 1943, the award could also be earned by Kriegsmarine gun crews who destroyed enemy tanks or ships.
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