L013581 ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY SOUND LOCATOR’S TRADE BADGE. (Horcher der Flakartillerie Tätigkeitsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: On entering Luftwaffe, (Air-{Weapon}, Force), service EM/NCO personnel were assigned and trained for a specific trade or military function. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issue a distinctive trade specialty badge to be worn on the lower left sleeve of the service tunic and the flight and field blouses as identifying insignia with a couple of exceptions. The original trade badges were introduced in May 1935 and were supplemented with additional badges prior to and early in the war. In all, the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer then thirty-nine assorted trade specialty badges. Some select trade badges were piped with twisted, grey or silver/aluminum braiding to denote NCO’s ranks while some were piped with twisted, gilt braiding to denote outstanding performance in the particular trade. When a trade badge was allocated with the outstanding performance, gilt braid, piping it came accompanied with an award certificate. The flak artillery sound locators trade badge was officially introduced for qualified personnel on April 2ND 1942. Personnel who had served for one year or had participated in the successful downing of an enemy aircraft were distinguished from other flak artillery sound locators by the addition of a twisted gilt cord on the outer edges of the badge. The flak artillery sound locators trade badge with the additional twisted gilt cord was issued with an accompanying possession certificate.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The badge consists of a Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with ornate scalloped edging. The base features a machine embroidered central oak-leaf cluster, positioned above a canted swastika, flanked by stylized wings, with a Gothic letter, "h" indicating, Horcher, (Listener/Sound Locator), to the top center all in silvery/grey, rayon threads.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $59.00

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