WWII GERMAN HIGH SEAS FLEET BADGE - |
This is a WWII Fleet War badge. This badge was established on April 30th, 1941. It was designed by Adolf
Bock of Berlin. The criteria for receiving the badge was to have proof of distinction and good conduct
in the execution of missions inside a battleship or cruiser, for at least 12 weeks.
Other qualifying criteria included:
- When the mission was particularly effective and the individual showed great leadership or was killed in action.
- Survivors of ships that were sunk by the enemy. Or if the crew member was wounded during action.
- For participating in two missions near Iceland.
The shape of the badge is that of an oval wreath. An eagle has been placed in the upper portion of the oval.
It has the wings spread out and the head faces left. As with most badges, the eagle is clutching a
swastika. Right below that is the frontal view of a destroyer. The waves at the bow are parting as to
indicate motion. The main guns are facing forward. Nice detailing to windows. Very sharp and square.
Other components of the ship have similar definition. Normally the wreath would be guilded, however, it is common for the color to wear out through normal use and time. The color turns into a shade of silver/gray.
The back of the badge is plain and has a slight convex shape to it. A vertical "Coke" shape
Pin is provided. It is Hinged at the top and has
a catch at the opposite side that secures it in the closed position. The back also shows
marks. They are stamped near the center and read "DEFCHIER - Munchen".
The sailor would wear the badge by passing the pin through loops sewn onto the
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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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.