Product description: Early Juncker Luftwaffe Flak Badge made out of nickel silver. The reverse of the badge is stamped with the manufacturers makers mark “C.E. Juncker, Berlin SW The Flak badge itself is made out of a material that collectors refer to as nickel silver or “buntmetall”. The badge was die struck, then neatly finished with hand filing on the edges. These file marks are still very evident upon closer inspection. A brass barrel tube was soldered in place on the reverse then a saw was used to cut the center area out to allow the tube the pin was attached to, to seat neatly in place. A pin was installed to fasten the two together and the hinge was complete. A simple brass wire was bent to form a “C” and then directly soldered to the reverse of the badge. The construction used on this badge is very characteristic of earlier Juncker produced badges. The badge was then finished with a darkened “altsilber” finish to give it the look of tarnished silver. This badge is in mint condition and cannot be upgraded. It would be a front and center example in any collection.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe Flak Badge was instituted on 10th January, 1941. The original design, an Eagle clutching a swatika flying above a raised 88mm gun emplacement and surrounded by an oakleave 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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