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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:

  1. When the mission was particularly effective and the individual showed great leadership or was killed in action.
  2. Survivors of ships that were sunk by the enemy. Or if the crew member was wounded during action.
  3. 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 Manufacturing 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 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.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German badge worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the badges and awards is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German badges in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The German High Seas Fleet Badge

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This award is currently being reproduced. 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 to our WWII German Badges and Awards identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.


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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $500.00 $520.00 $530.00 $550.00 $550.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade A A A A A

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