K006869 COASTAL ARTILLERY WAR BADGE, 1941. (Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie)

BACKGROUND: The Coastal Artillery War Badge was introduced on June 24TH 1941 by Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine und Großadmiral, (Commander in Chief of the Navy and Grand Admiral), Erich Raeder for award to land based Naval coastal artillery and anti-aircraft personnel in recognition of their achievements. The award was bestowed based on a point system with the main criteria being "merit in action".

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, alloy construction badge with gilt and frosty silver washes is in the form of a gilt washed, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a national eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons, superimposed to the top center, encompassing the frosty silver washed, cut-out likeness of an 88mm coastal artillery gun with the barrel of the gun extending beyond the edge of the wreath. The reverse of the badge has a crimped, soldered, hinge, on a rectangular base plate inset into a slight recess with raised securing lips, a thin, round, vertical pin, and a soldered catch inset into an oval depression all intact. The reverse of the badge is well marked with the embossed manufacturer’s initials, "FLL" with each initial within a separate circular border and the date, "43", indicating manufacture by Friedrich Linden of Lüdenscheid in 1943.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $358.00

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