L004590 MEDICAL PERSONNEL'S TRADE BADGE. (Sanitätspersonal Tätigkeitsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: On entering Luftwaffe service EM/NCO personnel were assigned and trained for a specific trade or military function. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issue a distinctive trade specialty badge to be worn on the lower left sleeve of the service tunic and the flight and field blouses as identifying insignia with a couple of exceptions. The original trade badges were introduced in May 1935 and were supplemented with additional badges prior to and early in the war. In all the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer then thirty-nine assorted trade specialty badges. Some select trade badges were piped with twisted grey or silver/aluminum braiding to denote NCO’s ranks while some were piped with twisted gilt braiding to denote outstanding performance in the particular trade. When a trade badge was allocated with the gilt braid, outstanding performance, piping it came accompanied with an award certificate. The Medical Personnel’s badge was introduced on November 6TH 1936 for personnel who had successfully completed the first stage of medical training.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The badge consists of a roughly, 55mm diameter, slightly mottled, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool construction base with a machine embroidered, vertical, caduceus, (Serpent entwined on a staff), in silvery/grey threads. The reverse of the badge has a protective black fabric backing intact.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $19.00

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