WWII GERMAN ARMY FLAK BADGE -
The extensive use of aircraft power during WWII demanded a response from ground forces. This gave birth
to the anti-aircraft defenses. The units in charge of fighting off air attacks were issued a badge
in recognition of their efforts. All branches of the service played a role in this field.
The Army badge was very similar in design to that used by the
Luftwaffe . The
Navy played more of a double role with their defenses,
protecting both the sea and air.
The WWII German Army Anti-aircraft badge was instituted on July 18th 1941.
The designer was Wilhelm Peekhaus and the original
was the Juncker firm of Berlin.
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The soldier wore the badge on the
It was secured in place by passing the badge's pin through a series of loops, two or more, that
were sewn in the jacket.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German badges and awards. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
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The badge was awarded by using a point system. Originally, the soldier would have to perform a series
of actions, each worth a certain number of points. The objective being to accumulate 16 points total.
The actions would include successful airplane detection and downing. As the war progressed the
requirements changed to include acts of bravery.
This award is currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.
If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
WWII German Badges and Awards
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.