BACKGROUND: Trade and Specialist badges were introduced at varying times through-out the Third Reich to distinguish EM/NCO personnel who had achieved proficiency at a particular trade, specialty or function. The identifying insignia was most commonly worn on the lower right sleeve of the service or field tunic of qualified personnel holding the ranks of Schütze to Stabsfeldwebel inclusively. Some of the trades were only open to enlisted ranks while those open to NCO’s ranks were distinguished by the addition of a silver cord piping. Originally the early trade badges were worked on a blue/green badge cloth base, but in early 1940 this was altered to a field-grey wool base or the appropriate color of the uniform it was to be worn on.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Olive drab cloth badge with a hand embroidered Gothic, "F", in golden yellow threads, indicating Feuerwerker, (Artificer/Ordnance Technician). Oval base is trimmed in olive drab cotton. Reverse of badge has a protective backing.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $72.00

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