Product Description: This TENO Honor Badge is a very nice and extremely hard-to-find piece, with outstanding visual impact. It is made of two pieces of die struck Tombak. The central piece on the front is beautifully wrought in high-quality red and black enamel, with silvered metalwork that retains great original finish. The black swastika has a small chip on the enamel. The remainder of the front of the badge shows great detail and a very attractive bronze finish, with beautiful light and dark tones. The reverse of this rare TENO Honor Badge is all-original, and is well marked. The broad attachment pin is functional, and is maker marked “William Föhner, Pforzheim.” The reverse of the central roundel is marked “Ges. Gesch.” indicating a legally protected design, and is also stamped with the recipient’s number, “2310.” There are no repairs to the high quality hinge or catch. This seldom seen political award makes for an eye-catching display object. The condition is excellent.
Historical Description: The Technische Nothilfe (TeNo, or TN) was a German organization originally formed in 1919 as a technical Freikorps to break labor strikes. During WWII this organization was involved in air raid defense as well as technical aspects of civil defense. Starting in 1937, the TeNo organization was headed by SS members with General ranks. During the war, TeNo was active as an auxiliary organization to the Wehrmacht in many of the occupied areas. A small unit of the TeNo was among the units that took part in suppressing the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943. TeNo Einsatz units in wartime acted as technical police and were also used to combat resistance members. After the end of the war, in 1945, the TeNo organization was disbanded by the Allied powers.
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