Product Description: This Luftwaffe Flak Badge is a high quality, early production badge, by a desirable manufacturer. This piece was made by Juncker in Berlin, and is the variant known to collectors as the “J2” type. It is made of nickel silver. The obverse is beautiful, with bright luster to high points that contrasts nicely with dark recesses. It shows slight, even wear, with crisp original details, and lots of eye appeal. The reverse of this badge is flat and smooth, and is stamped in the center with the sought-after “C. E. Juncker Berlin SW” maker mark. There is some toning and a light, uncleaned patina. The hardware is textbook for this maker, with a classic barrel hinge and round wire catch. The functional attachment pin tapers to a point, and has a slight bend. This Luftwaffe Flak Badge is a choice example, with no damage or repairs. The condition rates as excellent overall.
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 an oakleaves wreath, 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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