BACKGROUND: The German armed forces utilized civilian "members" in a wide variety of functions and on October 1ST 1941 these non-uniformed civilians were authorized wear of a distinctive identifying lapel badge when serving the armed forces in both occupied and collaborating countries. Of Note: Regulations of April 30TH 1936 had already introduced a distinctive identifying lapel pin for optional wear on the left lapel of civilian clothing by all civilian personnel actively employed in the German army or navy. The badge was intended to foster a sense of belonging to the armed forces amongst the civilian employees. The earlier badge was designated for civilian "Employees" while the later badge was designated for civilian "Members", although the distinction between the two is unclear.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, alloy construction, civilian members lapel badge. The badge features a roughly 23mm diameter, circular outer border encompassing a cut-out, stylized eagles head in profile flanked by stylized Gothic letters, "WG", indicating, Werhmacht Gefolge, (Armed Forces Retinue), with a small, canted swastika to the bottom center. The reverse of the badge is well marked with embossed designers name and location, ""Fec.O. Placzeck Berlin", and the manufacturers name and location, "Ausf. C. E. Junker Berlin". The badge comes complete with a soldered, vertical rifled pin on a circular base plate.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $55.00

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