H067081 CASED SILVER WOUND BADGE, 1939. (Verwundeten-Abzeichen, Silber mit Etui)

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. 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 silver badge was awarded for three or four wounds, or if the wound was very severe, ie: loss of limb, blindness, etc. Of Note: As of March 1941 manufacture of German awards was regulated by the LDO, Leistungsgemeinschaft der Deutschen Ordenshersteller, (Administration of German Medal Manufacturers). The LDO acted as a quality control agent and the manufacturers were to use an assigned LDO, "L/", code on their products destined for retail sales.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1939 pattern, die struck, solid backed, tombac badge with nickle/silver plate. The badge is in the form of a vertical oval with an embossed M35 pattern helmet with a high relief, canted, swastika to the center, superimposed over crossed swords on a pebbled base encompassed by an oval laurel leaf wreath. The solid reverse has the solid type soldered hinge, a thin round vertical pin and a soldered catch all intact. The reverse is well marked with embossed manufacturer's LDO numerical code, "L/56", indicating manufacture by Funke & Brüninghaus, Lüdenscheid. Complete with original case. Nice!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $269.00

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