Base Material: Nickle Silver
Product Description: This J1 Juncker ROAG Badge is an outstanding piece. These early, thin wreath pattern Radio Operator/Air Gunner Badges, known to collectors as the “J1” type, are very desirable and very difficult to find on the current market. This badge is made of nickel silver, and is gorgeous. The wreath retains all of its original, factory applied silvering, with some frosting remaining in the recesses of the design. The eagle retains most of the dark burnishing, with the attractive gleam of the nickel silver base metal peeking through in the high points of the design. The badge shows only light wear, and even, attractive age toning and patina. The reverse of this badge is maker marked behind the eagle with “C. E. Juncker, Berlin SW,” and has a light, uncleaned patina. The hardware features a barrel hinge and functional round wire pin and catch. The hardware and rivets are all correct for Juncker, with zero repairs. This scarce J1 Juncker ROAG Badge has a great look and a lot going for it. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Radio Operators Badge (Bordfunkerabzeichen) was instituted by the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering, in 1935. It featured a German eagle clutching two lightning bolts, surrounded by a wreath with the German swastika at the bottom. The badge was awarded to all Luftwaffe radio operators at the conclusion of their training, upon issue of a certificate from a flight school authorizing them to serve as radio operators. In this sense, it was a trade badge of trained radio operators, rather than being an individual award for military achievement, though it could also be issued prior to the conclusion of training by personnel who flew operational missions. With the annexation of Austria, the Luftwaffe Radio Operators Badge was also issued to Austrian radio operators taken into the German armed forces.
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