L008980 PARATROOPER'S BADGE "F. W. Assmann". (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: As a result of observations of the Russian experimentation with the newly developing paratroop personnel in 1928 the Germans began serious consideration of also developing paratroop units and plans were drawn up for formation of such units in late 1935. Both the Luftwaffe and Army eventually established paratrooper units, consisting of voluntary personnel, on January 29TH 1936 and March 31ST 1937 respectively and a paratroop training school was established at Stendal in early 1937. The Paratrooper’s qualification badge was instituted by Hermann Göring on November 5TH 1936 for award to Luftwaffe personnel who had written the required tests and completed six parachute jumps. Individuals who were awarded the badge were obligated to requalify annually in order to retain it. On May 2ND 1944 award of the badge was extended to include Luftwaffe medical, administrative and legal personnel who had passed the required tests and completed one parachute jump. As with most other Luftwaffe qualification badges a cloth version of the paratroopers badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCO’s and a hand embroidered pattern for Officers.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Mid-war production, two piece, die struck alloy award with burnished silver and gilt washed finishes features a stylized, "diving", eagle clutching a swastika in its talons, encompassed by a vertically oval wreath. The wreath features embossed laurel leaves to the right hand side and oak-leaves to the left hand side. The badge shows nice detailing including the "feathering" to the eagle and cut-outs to the arms of the swastika. The eagle is secured to the wreath by two, small, flat headed rivets which are visible to the reverse of the badge. The reverse of the wreath has a solid, soldered, hinge, a thin, round, vertical pin and soldered catch all intact. The reverse of the eagle is well marked with a stamped, stylized "A", indicating manufacturer by F. W. Assmann & Söhne, Lüdenscheid.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $695.00

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