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K016673 U-BOAT WAR BADGE. (U-Boot-Kriegsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: The U-Boat War Badge was instituted by Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine und Großadmiral, (Commander in Chief of the Navy and Grand Admiral), Erich Raeder on October 13TH 1939 for award to all ranks of U-Boat personnel who had served on at least two sorties against the enemy or were wounded in action. The design of the badge was based on the 1918 Imperial U-Boat War Badge but replaced the Imperial crown with the national eagle and swastika. The badge was to be worn on the lower left breast of most uniforms.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Late war, die struck zinc award. Wash has completely worn off and badge has reverted to the matte grey appearance of the base zinc. Badge in the form of a horizontal oval laurel leaf wreath with national emblem to top encompassing a submarine. This late war example doesn’t have cut-outs between the arms of the swastika, but still has fine cut-away detailing of the submarine's conning tower and flag. Solid soldered hinge, broad tapering vertical pin and soldered catch on an oval base plate all intact. Unmarked example.

GRADE *** 3/4                         PRICE $566.00 (Or Best Offer)

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