H085274 SILVER WOUND BADGE, 1939. (Verwundeten-Abzeichen, Silber)

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 silver badge was awarded for three or four wounds, or if the wound was very severe, ie: loss of limb, blindness, etc.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Injection molded, solid back zinc award with a silver wash. The standard issue, 1939 pattern 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 smooth, solid reverse has a thin round vertical pin and an integral, molded, hinge and catch all intact. The reverse is well marked with embossed manufacturer's numerical code, "26", indicating manufacture by B. H. Mayer Kunstprägeanstalt, Pforzheim.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $84.00

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