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H044469 BLACK WOUND BADGE, 1939. (Verwundeten-Abzeichen, Schwarz) 

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, black, silver and gold, with the class bestowed reflecting the number or severity of the wounds received. With the outbreak of WWII, on September 1ST 1939, Hitler re-instituted a slightly modified version of the badge. The badge was awarded to both military and uniformed non-military personnel and later to civilian personnel who received wounds as a result of enemy actions. The black wound badge was the lowest of the three classes and was awarded for one or two wounds. Of Note: The LDO began regulating the manufacture of German awards in March 1941 as a quality control agent for awards that were intended for retail sale and manufacturers were to use an assigned LDO, "L/", code on their products destined for retail sales. Awards that were to be bestowed by the government were also issued an official numerical government contract code known as a Lieferantnummer, (Contractor's Number), that was issued by the Präsidialkanzlei des Führers, (Presidential Council of the Führers), for formally approved manufacturers. The Wilhelm Deumer firm was licensed by both the Präsidialkanzlei des Führers, (code number 3), and the LDO, (code number L/11), and would have used the same dies to stamp both the official issue and retail sales types of awards making them virtually indistinguishable from one another except for the markings.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1939 pattern, stamped brass, hollow backed award with a black wash. The badge is in the form of an embossed, vertically oval, laurel leaf wreath encompassing an embossed M35 pattern helmet with high relief, canted, swastika to the center, superimposed over crossed swords on a pebbled base field. The reverse of the badge is a mirror image of the obverse and has a solid, soldered hinge, a thin round vertical pin and a soldered retaining catch all intact. The reverse is well marked with the embossed, manufacturer's LDO code, "L/11", indicating manufacture by Wilhelm Deumer of Lüdenscheid.

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