L005488 PARATROOPER'S BADGE. (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: As a result of observations of Russian experimentation with the newly developing paratroop personnel in 1928, the Germans began serious consideration of also developing paratroop units and plans were drawn up for formation of such units in late 1935. Both the Luftwaffe and Army eventually established paratrooper units, consisting of voluntary personnel, on January 29TH 1936 and March 31ST 1937 respectively, and a paratroop training school was established at Stendal in early 1937. The Paratrooper’s qualification badge was instituted by Hermann Göring on November 5TH 1936 for award to Luftwaffe personnel who had written the required tests and completed six parachute jumps. Individuals who were awarded the badge were obligated to re-qualify annually in order to retain it. On May 2ND 1944 award of the badge was extended to include Luftwaffe medical, administrative and legal personnel who had passed the required tests and completed one parachute jump. As with most other Luftwaffe qualification badges, regulations also stipulated that a hand embroidered version for Officers and a machine embroidered version for EM/NCOs were permitted for wear.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Late-war production, two piece, die struck and injection molded zinc construction award with silver and gilt washed finishes features a die struck, stylized "diving" eagle clutching a swastika in its talons, encompassed by an injection molded vertically oval wreath. The wreath features embossed laurel leaves to the left hand side and oak-leaves to the right hand side. The badge still shows nice detailing including the "feathering" to the eagle and cut-outs to the arms of the swastika. The eagle is secured to the wreath by two small dome headed rivets which are visible to the reverse of the badge. The reverse of the wreath has four, small, recessed, circular, injection molding marks and the integral hinge, a thin round vertical pin intact and integral catch. The reverse of the wreath also has a small embossed numeral, "1". The reverse of the eagle is well marked with the stamped stylized manufacturer's initial, "A", indicating manufacture by F.W. Assmann & Sohn of Lüdenscheid. Unique later war injection molded example. Original owners name scratched into the reverse.

GRADE ****1/4                                                 PRICE $795.00

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