U-Boat Badge by Rettenmaier

Condition: Very Good

SKU: JW1577 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This lovely U-Boat Badge is in very good condition. It’s an unmarked example, made by Rettenmaier. It’s a later issue badge,made of zinc. This example retains much of the original gold wash to the front, and most of it on the back. The alternating areas of silver-colored zinc and gold finish give this badge a unique character. The badge has some minor zinc pest developing, that could easily be wiped off, but we will leave that up to the new owner, if they decide to do so. The hardware is intact and functional, and utilizes a sheet metal hinge, a needle pin, and a wire catch soldered to a rectangular catch plate. This badge has a lot of eye appeal, and more finish than one normally sees on a zinc badge of this type.


Historical Description: The U-Boat Badge (U-Boots-Kriegsabzeichen) was instituted on October 13, 1939 by Kriegsmarine leader Grossadmiral Erich Raeder, to recognize the combat achievements of the extremely dangerous and all-volunteer U-Boat service. The design of the badge features a German submarine surrounded by a wreath, surmounted by a German national eagle and swastika emblem. The original design for the badge, submitted by Kriegsmarine sailors, was refined by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus. To earn this badge, submarine sailors had to participate in a minimum of two missions against the enemy. If a sailor was wounded on a single mission, he could receive the U-Boat Badge. The badge could be worn both on and off duty. A total of 9,536 U-Boat Badges were awarded during WWII.


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