Product Description: This is a great example of a desirable, early Luftwaffe Flak Badge. It’s a top quality piece, made of a brass alloy (Tombak). The obverse has an outstanding look, with no evident wear and fantastic details. Virtually all of the original dark finish is present on the obverse. Nice shine to high points contrasts handsomely with the darker recesses. This badge is by an as-yet unknown maker, and is a variant known to collectors simply as the “Ball Hinge” type. The reverse is textbook for the type, with no sign of cleaning or repairs, and a functional attachment pin which has a slight bend. The catch is made of sheet metal, crimped in place. There is some very appealing, subtle rainbow toning and patina on the reverse. This early Luftwaffe Flak Badge is in exceptional, near mint condition. It displays great, and would likely be impossible to upgrade.
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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