K007990 MINIATURE DESTROYER WAR BADGE LAPEL PIN. (Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen Aufschlagnadel)

BACKGROUND: As with most military and civilian awards of the Third Reich period miniature version lapel pins were permitted for wear on civilian clothing. These miniature awards were private purchase items and could only be purchased by individuals with the proper ownership documentation. General regulations, with a few minor exceptions, permitted wear of three miniature awards at one time but prohibited the mixing of military and civilian awards on one lapel pin. The Destroyer War Badge was instituted on June 4TH 1940 by Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine und Großadmiral, (Commander in Chief of the Navy and Grand Admiral), Erich Raeder, for award to destroyer crew members who had participated in the naval battle for Narvik Norway under the command of Kommodore Friedrich Bonte. Regulations of October 1940 extended bestowal of the Destroyer War Badge to include other destroyer, torpedo, and E-boat personnel involved in other naval battles who met a preset criteria. Of Note: Torpedo and E-boat personnel were no longer eligible for the Destroyer War Badge after the introduction of the E-boat badge on May 30TH 1941.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck alloy, solid back construction miniature lapel version of the Destroyers War Badge with gilt and burnished silver washes. The badge is in the form of a gilt washed, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a small national eagle with down-swept wings superimposed to the top center, encompassing the forward profile view of a burnished silver washed, Destroyer and waves. The solid reverse of the badge has a soldered, vertical, rifled stickpin intact.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $59.00

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