Product Description: This Early Assmann ROAG is a lovely example of a desirable Luftwaffe badge. This is a high quality piece, made of a brass alloy (Buntmetall), a material associated with earlier war production. The obverse shows appealing patina throughout, with very attractive dark toning to the original finish. Moderate wear exposes bright metal at the high points, which contrasts beautifully with the toning and built-up patina in the recesses of the design. The reverse of this charming Early Assmann ROAG is maker marked behind the eagle with the stylized “A” emblem of the firm of F. W. Assmann in Lüdenscheid. The hardware setup is classic for this maker, with a barrel hinge and round wire catch. The attachment pin is intact and functional. The rivets are the correct “spun” type used by Assmann. This is a particularly attractive piece, with an all-original, honest worn character. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Radio Operators Badge (Bordfunkerabzeichen) was instituted by the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering, in 1935. It featured a German eagle clutching two lightning bolts, surrounded by a wreath with the German swastika at the bottom. The badge was awarded to all Luftwaffe radio operators at the conclusion of their training, upon issue of a certificate from a flight school authorizing them to serve as radio operators. In this sense, it was a trade badge of trained radio operators, rather than being an individual award for military achievement, though it could also be issued prior to the conclusion of training by personnel who flew operational missions. With the annexation of Austria, the Luftwaffe Radio Operators Badge was also issued to Austrian radio operators taken into the German armed forces.
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