H071881 BLACK WOUND BADGE, 1939 ISSUE ENVELOPE. (Umschlag aus 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, of black, silver and gold with the class bestowed reflecting the number or severity of the wounds received. On May 22ND 1939 Adolf Hitler re-instituted a slightly modified version of the wound badge with the addition of a swastika to the WWI pattern badge for award to German volunteers who had been wounded supporting the Spanish Nationalist Falangist Generalissimo Francisco Franco against the communist allied Republican Loyalist party in the Spanish Civil War. (July 1936-March 1939). With the outbreak of WWII, on September 1ST 1939, Hitler once again re-instituted another slightly modified version of the wound badge by altering the WWI pattern helmet on the badge to the newly designed M35 style helmet. The badge was awarded to both military and uniformed non-military personnel and later, (March 1943), 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.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Light weight, natural tan issue envelope of the Black wound Badge. Front of envelope has black printed Gothic script, "Verwundeten=Abzeichen schwarz". Triangular top fold over flap inserts into a horizontal slash on envelope reverse. Reverse top of envelope above slash has torn off and front of envelope also has a horizontal tear. Reverse has black printed Gothic script manufacturer, "Klein & Quenzer of Idar/Oberstein".
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