Heer Flak Badge Zinc – Hermann Aurich

$350.00

Condition: Good

Maker: Hermann Aurich

 

SKU: C3030 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Heer Flak Badge Zinc is a worn piece, with great character. It is struck from fine zinc. The obverse  and reverse retains a fair amount of wear, age and corrosion.  It is nicely maker marked above the catch with the logo of Aurich indicating manufacture by this particularly prestigious and desirable maker. The hardware is textbook for Aurich, with a crimped in set up. The condition rates as good.

 

 

Historical Description: On the 18th of July 1941, the Heer Flak Badge was institiuted by the OKW. It was intended to award personnel of Army and Waffen-SS units for the downing of enemy aircraft. Like the Luftwaffe version, its awarding was based upon a point system.  16 points were required for the qualification of the badge, which still had to then be reviewed and authorized by the units commanders.  While the devastating 88mm guns were used with great effect against ground targets such as tanks and other vehicles, no points would be credited towards the Heer Flak Badge by engaging ground units. This award was strictly for the downing aircraft.

The badge itself is of a somewhat simple design.  An 88mm gun resting on a gun emplacement was surrounded by an oakleaves wreath. Placed at the top is the “Reichsadler” eagle clutching a mobile swastika.  These badges are found primarily in zinc, but a rarer form does exist in a higher quality tombak/brass base metal.

 

 

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