WWII Nazi Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge in Plated Zinc.
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WWII Nazi Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge in Plated Zinc.

Code: gmng20030kms-CON

$275.00


Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a World War II Nazi Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge in Plated Zinc. Unmarked, but probably Adolf Shcolze made. The Minesweeper War Badge or Minesweepers, Sub-Chasers and Escort-Vessel War Badge (German: Kriegsabzeichen fur Minensuch-, U-Boot-Jagd- und Sicherungsverbande) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to Kriegsmarine members for service on minesweepers vessels. The award was instituted on 31 August 1940 by Grand Admiral Erich Raeder. It was first awarded on 28 November 1940.


The medal, designed by Otto Placzek of Berlin, consists of an outer laurel wreath of oak leaves with the national emblem of an eagle clutching a swastika (both golden coloured) at its apex. The central area features a representation of a sea mine exploding. The medal was first produced in bronze and later in zinc. Inferior quality late-war versions can appear a dull gray as the gold gilt was known to wear off.

The medal was 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.

VINTAGE: Circa WWII.

SIZE: Approximately 2-1/8" in height x 1-3/4" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Plated zinc

ATTACHMENT: Vertical pin with catch.

MARKINGS: N/A

ITEM NOTES: This is from a Nazi Germany collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-JST-35-19 LBGEX04/30/20

CONDITION: 7(Very Fine): The badge shows minor wear and very light tarnish, much of a plated detail remain intact, overall very fine condition.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.