Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge – Schwerin

$265.00

Condition: Very Good

Maker: Schwerin

Base Material: Zinc

In stock

Product Description: This Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge is an extremely desirable Kriegsmarine badge by Schwerin. The obverse is very nice, and shows wear. The gilded wreath and eagle has lost most of its gold finish.  The gun emplacement is beautiful, with nice original burnishing. The reverse of this badge is flat and smooth, with light toning to the original silver finish. Its maker marked “Schwerin, Berlin.” Unfortunately the block hinge and banjo pin  has been removed. The metal catch is present.  This Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge – Schwerin rates as very good.

 

 

Historical Description: The Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge (Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie) was instituted on June 24, 1941, by Kriegsmarine leader Grossadmiral Erich Raeder. The purpose of the badge was to recognize the successes of the Kriegsmarine coastal artillery and anti-aircraft units. It was authorized to be awarded to entire units, as well as individual soldiers. The design of the badge, which was created by Otto Placzek, featured a coastal artillery gun, with the sea behind, surrounded by a wreath and surmounted by the German national eagle and swastika emblem. The award criteria for this badge were complex and in part based on a points system. Various achievements, such as being part of a crew to shoot down a plane, successfully deploying searchlights, or successfully using radar, were assigned values of between 0.5 and 2 points, with 8 points being needed to earn the badge. The badge could also be rewarded for exceptional personal achievements in combat, or for leadership, and it could also be awarded posthumously. Starting in 1943, the award could also be earned by Kriegsmarine gun crews who destroyed enemy tanks or ships.

 

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