Product Description: This is a great representative example of a Late War Heer Flak badge. It is made of zinc, as is typical for late war pieces. The obverse shows some wear, and has mostly reverted to the typical gray color of the base metal. Original finish remains in the recesses, and has toned dark, with some patina buildup. It still retains lots of original detail. The reverse of this late war Heer flak badge is what could be called a semi-hollow style, with a recessed area behind the gun, and has an even patina to the old silvering. It’s unmarked, but the specific hardware configuration allows the maker to be identified as the firm of Forster & Barth. The hardware is functional and unrepaired, with a soldered hinge and sheet metal catch, and a distinctive “Coke bottle” shaped pin. The Heer flak badge is among the least common of the Army war badges. This one is excellent.
Historical Description: On the 18th of July 1941, the Heer Flak Badge was instituted 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.
Known Manufacturers: Juncker, Otto Schickle, Funcke & Bruninghaus (F&BL), Friedrich Linden (FLL) , Gustav Brehmer (GB), Förster & Barth ,Wilhelm Hobacher (WH), Paul Meybauer, Alois Rettenmaier, Rudolf Souval (RS), Hermann Aurich , Steinhauer & Luck
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