Army/Waffen S.S. Anti Partisan Combat Badge in Bronze. Instituted as a Waffen S.S. and Police award in January 1944 but open to members of all services. Awarded after 20 days of active anti partisan service.An excellent quality hollow die struck piece with flat pin fitting.
The Luftwaffe Diamond issue of the Pilot/Observer Badge was introduced by Hermann Göring in 1935.Its recipients were extremely varied, ranging from the German military elite including Erwin Rommel, Wolfram von Richthofen and Göring himself, to Finnish Commander-in-Chief Baron von Mannerheim and Italian leader Benito Mussolini. It features the bejewelled eagle clutching the swastika at the centre, framed by a laurel and oakleaf wreath.Complete with maker's name on reverse and flat pin, the badges have a semi-matt gilt wreath and silver eagle, bejewelled with imitation diamonds. The piece is also made in the correct two-piece, riveted construction.
Introduced in 1941, the Kriegsmarine U Boat badge with Diamonds was most commonly awarded to U-Boat commanders demonstrating the highest performance. Only around 30 were ever awarded, with the badge worn on the left breast of the tunic.The badges feature a U-Boat beneath the Eagle and imitation diamond decorated Swastika, surrounded by a wreath. They have the correct vertical pin on the reverse as well as the 'Schwerin - Berlin 68' maker's mark.
The Spanish Cross was awarded to members of Legion Kondor, a Division comprising of German Soldiers serving in the Spanish Civil War. The issue with diamonds was reserved for those deserving the highest honour, and was only ever awarded to 28 people, predominantly successful Luftwaffe Pilots.This gold issue is made from a zinc alloy and finished with a ring of imitation diamonds around the swastika. They also feature the correct vertical pin on the reverse.
The Lapland Shield was the last officially instituted German battle shield of the war. This award, created in February of 1945, was to recognize the efforts of the 20th Mountain Army group commanded by General Boehme, who had been fighting a two front war against the British and the Russians since November 1944. The shield was officially approved on May 1st, 1945, a day after Hitler’s death. The Army surrendered to the British on May 8th, 1945.Thought the shield was recorded into Soldbuchs as early as April, it is believed that no awards were actually presented at this time. However, after the cessation of hostilities the German forces in the area found that their captor, General Thorne, went against common practice and allowed his prisoners to wear their decorations (it is of interest to note that the reason for the liberal attitude of the British forces was that at that time the possibility of using German troops to stem the Soviet advance had not been discarded). In light of this circumstance, the men of 20th Army began to produce their own shields from whatever material was available in the area.
Late into the war, four new classes were introduced to the Panzer Assault Badge award, which recognized combatants who had been part of numerous combat engagements. They used the same criteria to determine these engagements, with length of service in Russia also added into the equation. These badges feature the familiar design of the Panzer Assault Badge, but with the addition of the number 50 below the blackened Panzer Tank encircled by the silver wreath. They also feature the correct vertical pin on the reverse alongside the JFS maker's mark.
Four new classes were introduced to the General Assault Badge later in the war.These recognised those who had been involved in numerous combat engagements.Standard General Assault Badge design but with boxed number 25 beneath the crossed bayonet and grenade. Maker marked 'JFS'
Four new classes were introduced to the General Assault Badge later in the war.These recognised those who had been involved in numerous combat engagements.Standard General Assault Badge design but with boxed number 50 beneath the crossed bayonet and grenade.Maker marked 'JFS'
These Narvik Battle Shields were introduced on 19th August, 1940, to commemorate the capture of the Norwegian port of Narvik. The gold version was for issue to members of the Kriegsmarine.With an antiqued gilt finish, these shields are complete with steel backing plate and field grey cloth backing material.
Narvik Battle Shields were introduced on 19th August, 1940, to commemorate the capture of the Norwegian port of Narvik. The silver version was for issue to members of the Army and Luftwaffe.Silvered finish complete with steel backing plate and field grey cloth backing material.
The Kuban Battle Shield was instituted on the 20th September, 1943. They were issued to members of the German armed forces who defended the bridgeheads of the Kuban region.Following their defeat at Stalingrad in February, 1943, the Wehrmacht was forced back into the Kuban region. The bridgeheads in the region were of vital strategic importance, with Hitler earmarking the area as the potential base for launching a counter attack on the Soviet Army. The Kuban Shield was awarded to those who formed the defensive line through the region, symbolised by the lower half of the shield.Bronzed gilt finish, these shields are complete with steel backing plate and field grey cloth backing material.
The Luftwaffe Paratrooper Qualification Badge was introduced in 1936, as this new means of delivery to the field began to become a key part of military strategy.The gilt Eagle is at the centre of a silvered laurel and oakleaf wreath, with the maker's mark and a vertical pin on the reverse for fitting.
Introduced in 1939, the Kriegsmarine U Boat badge was awarded to servicemen who were active in two operational sorties. It quickly became one of the Kriegsmarine's most prestigious awards, and was worn on the left breast of the tunic.The badges feature a U-Boat beneath the Eagle and Swastika, surrounded by a wreath. They have the correct vertical pin on the reverse as well as the 'Schwerin - Berlin 68' maker's mark , die cast zinc with gilt finish.
Mid-war type Luftwaffe Pilot Badge featuring the eagle at the centre clutching the swastika, framed by a silver laurel and oakleaf wreath. The award was introduced in 1935, and was awarded to individuals on completion of the appropriate theoretical and practical flight training.Correct two piece riveted construction with semi matt silver wreath and blackened gunmetal eagle. Complete with makers name on reverse and correct style needle pin.
Numbered 30. These 1939 WWII Wound Badges in Silver were awarded to servicemen who had sustained three or four wounds. The solid brass badges have a silvered finish, and have the correct original style pin and maker’s code mark on the back.
The Anti-Partisan badge in silver grade was instituted as a Waffen S.S. and Police award in January 1944 but were open to members of all services. It was awarded for 50 days of active anti-partisan service. The badges are die-struck with a hollow back complete with flat pin fitting.
The Fallschirmjager badge was earned by paratroopers of the Luftwaffe during WW2. The cloth version was worn on the service tunic in place of the metal award, which had the potential to be a hinderance or get damaged in the field. The badge is embroidered in a mouse grey and golden yellow cotton on a Luftwaffe blue wool backing.