Luftwaffe Flak Badge by S&L

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW1538 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a textbook example of a late war produced Luftwaffe Flak Badge manufactured by Steinhauer & Lück, in Ludenscheid. It is made of zinc as is typical for combat awards manufactured in this period. There is no maker mark. The original silver finish has flaked completely away over the decades, revealing the gray color of the base metal. The typical S&L hardware, with barrel hinge on the pin, is completely intact with no issues. This Luftwaffe Flak Badge is very clean, has good detail, and absolutely no corrosion. It’s a very nice, representative example of a late war produced badge.


Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Flak Badge was instituted on 10th January, 1941. The original design, an Eagle clutching a swastika flying above a raised 88mm gun emplacement and surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves, is credited to Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, a famous German architect whose designs were favored by the German OKW and used for many other combat and qualification awards. The criteria for the awarding of the Luftwaffe Flak Badge was based upon a points system. Points were given for the downing of enemy aircraft and the assistance of the downing of aircraft by searchlight or spotting units. After accruing 16 points, the badge would be awarded. Both officers and enlisted personnel were eligible for the award.



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