Product Description: A beautiful, and tough to find, Tombak Assmann Flak Badge in, overall, near mint condition. These early tombak (brass) based Assmann Flak Badges used planchets which were nearly twice as thick as other manufactures of the same badge. This Tombak based Assmann Flak Badge example weighs in at a hefty 47.7 grams! Another characteristic of Assmann is the distinct light blue finish they used on their badges, almost like that of a light gun bluing. The finish on this badge is almost totally intact, with a few areas on the higher relief showing slight wear to the tombak base metal. The hardware consists of a barrel hinge and simple brass round wire catch, both soldered directly to the badge. The badges finish is seen over the solder joints of the hardware, which indicates the badge is without any repairs. The eagle is separately soldered to the wreath of the badge. Assmann Flak Badges in Tombak don’t come up on the open market for sale often. This example will make a fine addition to any collection type!
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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