Description: An excellent Gold Wound Badge L/14 with Correct LDO Case. The badge is made out of zinc and finished with a gold wash that has been preserved exceptionally well over the last 70+ years. Most zinc produced badges have lost the vast majority of their finish, but this one has stood the test of time. The badges hardware consists of a simple block hinge and “?” shaped catch made of brass wire which are still firmly intact to the badge. On the reverse is the stamped maker mark of “L/14” which is the LDO code for Friedrich Orth. The LDO Case is correct for this wound badge and is in Excellent condition. The Gold Wound Badge L/14 with Correct LDO Case is getting more and more difficult to find especially with matching case.
Historical Description: The German Wound Badge was instituted during the First World War to recognize those wounded in the conflict. It was designed using a World War One style Imperial German helmet as the main motif. The helmet was set on top two crossed swords against a pebbled background and surrounded by a laurel leaves wreath.
During the Spanish Civil War the Third Reich reinstated the Wound Badge for a short period to honor those who were wounded during the conflict from 1936 to 1939. These German units participating in the assistance of the Spanish Fascists were deemed the “Condor Legion”. The pattern of the World War One Wound Badge was again used, except this time with a raised swastika on the center of the World War One era helmet.
At the outbreak of war in September 1939 with Poland, Adolf Hitler once again reinstated the Wound Badge Award. Again the pattern of the badge was similar to that of the earlier style except the new design was freshened up a bit by using an M35 pattern German helmet and a slightly softer looking wreath. This pattern was used until the end of the war in 1945. It is impossible to know the exact numbers of wound badges awarded during the course of the Second World War due to the vast scale and countless individuals who were wounded or killed in the conflict.
The Wound Badge Awards came in three different types of grades representing the amount , or severity, of wounds received. The first grade, the Black Grade was awarded for 1 to 2 wounds received in combat. The Silver Grade was awarded for 3 to 4 wounds, and finally the Gold Grade for 5 or more wounds, total disability, or death.
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