Base Metal: Zinc
Product Description: A Type 3 Silver Anti Partisan Badge in overall excellent condition. This Silver Anti Partisan Badge is made of zinc base metal, with a fine silver wash applied. The silver wash has faded over the decades since it was produced, this fading of the finish is something that is seen on nearly all original Anti Partisan Badges. However, this one retains a very good amount of the silvering still. Two cutouts between the hydra heads were executed by hand during the final stages of the badges initial production. The classic late war brass Juncker hardware is securely, and originally, soldered to the reverse of the badge. A desirable second grade of the Silver Anti Partisan Badge.
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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