Early Luftwaffe Flak Badge, Nickel Silver, Ball Hinge

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This early Luftwaffe flak badge is a very desirable and attractive badge. It is an extremely high quality early strike, made of nickel silver. The front of this piece has an extremely pleasant, even, old patina, with an attractive age darkening to the recesses in the design. The badge shows only very minor wear and retains fantastic detail. There is a bit of fiber tucked near a wing of the eagle, that may be a remnant of thread used to hold the badge on a uniform. The reverse of this early Luftwaffe flak badge features a hardware setup that includes a ball hinge, a desirable feature that is found on some of these nickel silver awards. The catch on this badge has been repaired, this looks to be an old repair and could certainly be a wartime repair. The pin is intact and shows a slight bend, again indicating this was likely worn on a uniform. The reverse of the badge itself is clean, with a deep, old patina. This early Luftwaffe flak badge remains in excellent condition overall.


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 a wreath of oak leaves, 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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