L007987 PARATROOPER'S BADGE "B&NL". (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: The Paratrooper’s 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: Mid-war production, two piece, die struck zinc award with silver and gilt washed finishes features a stylized "diving" eagle clutching a swastika in its talons, encompassed by a vertically oval wreath. The wreath features embossed laurel leaves to the left hand side and oak-leaves to the right hand side. The badge 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 in circular recesses to the reverse of the badge. The reverse of the wreath has a solid, soldered hinge, a thin round vertical pin (pin is replaced) and catch inset into an recess all intact. The reverse of the eagle is well marked with stamped manufacturer's initials, "B&NL", indicating manufacture by Berg & Nolte, Lüdenscheid. This is the type "C" example with the eagle and wreath both being in zinc.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $749.00

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