Product Description: This screwback Black Wound Badge is a real gem, and a rare badge. The badge is struck from Tombak, with a very highly detailed wreath. It’s a desirable cut-out type, with no pebbled field behind the helmet and swords. Approximately 70 percent of the original semi-gloss enamel paint remains intact. The bare metal where the paint is worn has a deep, old patina. The reverse of the badge features a screw post which remains firmly in place, with no repairs. This badge was fastened to a uniform using a cruciform backing plate and screw disk. These components are functional and show a deep old patina that matches the badge. The screw disk is marked “D.R.G.M.” and bears the number of the registered design for this badge type. It is possible that the manufacturer of this type was Meybauer, but this has not yet been proven. Any screwback Black Wound Badge is very collectible. This is a beautiful worn example, complete and untouched.
Historical Description: The German Wound Badge was instituted during the First World War to recognize those wounded in the conflict. It was designed using a World War One style Imperial German helmet as the main motif. The helmet was set on top two crossed swords against a pebbled background and surrounded by a laurel leaves wreath.
During the Spanish Civil War the Third Reich reinstated the Wound Badge for a short period to honor those who were wounded during the conflict from 1936 to 1939. These German units participating in the assistance of the Spanish Fascists were deemed the “Condor Legion”. The pattern of the World War One Wound Badge was again used, except this time with a raised swastika on the center of the World War One era helmet.
At the outbreak of war in September 1939 with Poland, Adolf Hitler once again reinstated the Wound Badge Award. Again the pattern of the badge was similar to that of the earlier style except the new design was freshened up a bit by using an M35 pattern German helmet and a slightly softer looking wreath. This pattern was used until the end of the war in 1945. It is impossible to know the exact numbers of wound badges awarded during the course of the Second World War due to the vast scale and countless individuals who were wounded or killed in the conflict.
The Wound Badge Awards came in three different types of grades representing the amount , or severity, of wounds received. The first grade, the Black Wound Badge was awarded for 1 to 2 wounds received in combat. The Silver Grade was awarded for 3 to 4 wounds, and finally the Gold Grade for 5 or more wounds, total disability, or death.
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