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K004977 DESTROYER WAR BADGE. (Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: The Destroyer War Badge was instituted on June 4TH 1940 by Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine und Großadmiral, (Commander in Chief of the Navy and Grand Admiral), Erich Raeder, for award to destroyer crew members who had participated in the naval battle for Narvik Norway under the command of Kommodore Friedrich Bonte. Regulations of October 1940 extended bestowal of the Destroyer War Badge to include other destroyer, torpedo, and E-boat personnel involved in other naval battles who met a preset criteria. Of Note: Torpedo and E-boat personnel were no longer eligible for the Destroyer War Badge after the introduction of the E-boat badge on May 30TH 1941.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Solid backed, die struck, alloy construction badge with gilt and burnished silver washes is in the form of a gilt washed, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a small national eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in its talons, superimposed to the top center, encompassing the forward side profile view of a cut-out, burnished silver washed, Destroyer and waves. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $250.00

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