WW2 GERMAN NAVY KRIEGSMARINE E BOAT BADGE
WW2 German Navy E-boat badge, type 2. Good condition piece, showing a lot of war time use, with good age patina over the remaining gilt finish and silver boat finish. National eagle and wreath show bright gilt finish in the recesses, with rubbing from tunic use overall. The rear shows needle pin and catch, with no makers mark. The tunic use can be seen with the remaining gilding being under the pin and latch area. Nice period piece.
The E-Boat War Badge is a German military decoration awarded to Kriegsmarine members for service on fast attack craft or torpedo boats worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, or equivalent grade award. Requirements included an outstandingly successful sortie, wounds in action, 12 sorties against enemy vessels or installations, or outstanding leadership. The Badge was made in two versions. The first was instituted on May 30, 1941, the second in January 1943. Both were designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin. A third exclusive version with nine diamonds replacing the solid bars of the swastika at the top, also exists, but only eight are known to have been awarded. The criteria for this award were 1. To engage in 12 engagements against the enemy. 2. For a particularly successful mission or being killed in action. 3. Special circumstances of being wounded or surviving being sunk by the enemy. 4. To have performed a heroic action in which no other award was given.
|10 × 6 × 3 cm