Condition: Near Mint
Pattern: Type 3
Product Description: This Type 3 Anti Partisan Badge in Bronze is one of the nicest Anti Partisan Badges we have ever offered. These are rare in any condition; to find a near mint one like this is extremely difficult. This one was made by Juncker, and is made of zinc, as all of these are. The obverse of this badge is extraordinary, retaining nearly all of the original bronze finish, with only minor wear to high points and normal age patina. The semi-hollow reverse likewise retains nearly all of the original finish, with some deep patina to the recesses. The hardware setup on this Type 3 Anti Partisan Badge in Bronze is textbook, completely intact and unrepaired. It features a block hinge, a “coke bottle” shaped pin and a sheet metal catch. This badge has an outstanding look, and could serve as a centerpiece to a collection of German combat badges. It would be extremely difficult to ever upgrade from this piece.
Historical Description: The Anti-Partisan Badge was instituted by a decree of “The Führer, Adolf Hitler” on January 29, 1944. Hitler stated that was creating the badge to recognize the combat actions of the German troops who were facing an ever-more organized and constantly more dangerous partisan war. The Anti-Partisan Badge was to recognize military accomplishments and personal bravery. The badge featured a sword slaying a Hydra that represented the partisans. There were three grades of this award: Bronze, for 20 combat days; Silver, for 50 combat days; and Gold for 100 combat days against partisans. To qualify as a combat day, a soldier had to be engaged in close combat with the enemy; for soldiers deployed as Infantry, “man against” man combat was specified. The criteria for Luftwaffe members was also based on combat days. Flight crews could earn combat days for carrying out successful missions during which they took fire from partisan enemy. The downing of a partisan aircraft was tallied as 3 combat days. SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler reserved the right to personally award the gold grade of this award. The Anti-Partisan badge was awarded to members of the German Army, Luftwaffe, Ordnungspolizei and Waffen-SS.
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