H057978 "1ST PATTERN WOUND BADGE", 1936-1939 STICK PIN. 

BACKGROUND: The wound badge was originally established on March 3RD 1918 by King Wilhelm II to recognize the sacrifice of those wounded during WWI. The badge was instituted in three classes with the class bestowed reflecting the number or severity of the wounds received. On May 22ND 1939 Hitler re-instituted award of the black and silver WWI pattern wound badges, with the addition of the swastika, for bestowal to German volunteers, (Condor Legion), who had participated in the Spanish Civil war. Of Note: Only one hundred eighty-two black and one silver badge were awarded to Condor Legion veterans. Also Of Note: All three classes of the wound badge were re-instituted, with a slightly modified design, replacing the WWI style helmet with the new M35 style helmet, on September 1ST 1939.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, gilt washed, die struck alloy, construction exact detailed miniature Wound Badge. The badge features an embossed M16 pattern helmet with a high relief, canted, swastika to the center superimposed over crossed swords on a pebbled background field, encompassed by an embossed, vertically oval laurel leaf wreath. The plain reverse has a soldered, 50mm vertical, rifled pin intact. The pin has no visible manufacturers marks.

GRADE ****1/4                                                         PRICE $99.00

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