Product Description: This early WW2 U-boat Badge is a desirable, top quality piece, with outstanding visual appeal. It’s made of a brass alloy (Tombak), a material associated with early production awards. It has a gorgeous fire gilded finish. Most of the beautiful gilding remains intact, with eye-catching burnished highlights, and only very slight wear. There is lots of nice original luster, with only a very slight age patina. All of the original detail is intact. The reverse of this early WW2 U-boat Badge is flat and smooth. There is no maker mark, but this variant is attributed to the firm of Schwerin. The hardware setup is intact, functional, and unrepaired, and features a lying block hinge with side domed pin, a tapered pin, and a nickel silver flat wire “C” catch. These badges are getting harder to find. This one is a gem. It’s a great example of this iconic Kriegsmarine award, that remains in near mint condition.
Historical Description: The U-Boat Badge (U-Boots-Kriegsabzeichen) was instituted on October 13, 1939 by Kriegsmarine leader Grossadmiral Erich Raeder, to recognize the combat achievements of the extremely dangerous and all-volunteer U-Boat service. The design of the badge features a German submarine surrounded by a wreath, surmounted by a German national eagle and swastika emblem. The original design for the badge, submitted by Kriegsmarine sailors, was refined by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus. To earn this badge, submarine sailors had to participate in a minimum of two missions against the enemy. If a sailor was wounded on a single mission, he could receive the U-Boat Badge. The badge could be worn both on and off duty. A total of 9,536 U-Boat Badges were awarded during WWII.
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