World War Two German medals, badges and awards photos.
German WW2 Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet badge (HSF) by the manufacurer Rudolf Souval of Wien / Vienna denoted by the R.S. marking in relief on the reverse. Depicting a naval battleship steaming out of an oakleaf wreath with the Kriegsmarine Eagle crowning the design is certainly “striking” as the ship bears down face on.
This particular badge has suffered tarninshing / loss of gilding (the gold wash) around 40% of the wreath but overall retains a pleasing patina.
Note: Some RS or Rudolf Souval badges were produced post 1945 and as always many copies abound. It is highly recomended to do an exhaustive comparison of fine details with known originals.
Later version of the Karl Wurster GAB (small w maker mark at 11 o’clock position). Compared to the earlier version of the General assault badge of the same manufacturer it can be seen that the medal is:
– Of a different finish (silver coloured paint wash vs silver enamel paint / electrolyte)
– Uses a different Hinge (Folded stamped metal vs Block hinge)
The obverse detailing shows commonality with the earlier variant so one can assume that the moulds of the badge were not changed but re used with the new metal composition.
An early example of the small w GAB (General Assault Bage) from manufacturer Karl Wurster. The badge is made from zinc which is then silvered and evidence of this can be seen on the rear of the badge where “zinc pest” (corrosion of the zinc) has produced bubbling beneth the silver coating.
Please see the later example of this badge by the same manufacturer which is also in the medal database.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery badge by the much appreciated, amongst collectors, manufacturer Schwerin Berlin. Nava badges from Schwerin are reknowned for their high level of detailing, the way that they maintain their gilding / wash after many years and their robust hinge and pin set up (you dont find many with a broken / repaired reverse).
Note -> As always the problem with being a much appreciated antique badge is that they are also the first to be copied and reproduced. From the images shown below there is more than enough detail to make a comparison for authentication purposes.
German Luftwaffe (Air force) qualification badge for Radio operator & Air gunner roles. The lightening bolts in the Eagles claws signify the Radio aspect. This example was produced by W. Deumer of Ludenscheid.
Please note that all Luftwaffe badges by this manufacturer (and indeed other manufacturers) are heavily copied due to their economic values within the medal and badge collecting community.
Zerstoyer of Destroyer badge from the Kriegsmarine from unknown manufacturer and with the “elegant” horizontal coke bottle style pin and locating lug reverse.
WW2 Kriegsmarine (German Navy) minesweeper badge by the “high quality” manufacturer Fec. Otto Placzek Berlin Ausf. Schwerin Berlin.
Note: Due to the Schwerin marked badges commanding a slightly higher price / being more “desirable” than other Kriegsmarine Minesweeper badges this is one that is heavily copied / reproduced. Compare as many details as possible to an in hand version before moving forward with any purchase.
German WW2 Kriegsmarine (Navy) Coastal Artillery badge produced by FLL 43. For whatever resaon these badges tend to maintain the gilding to the wreath very well but on the reverse tend to have what appears to be sloppy / excesive soldering. Pay particuar attention to the areas of Fine detail such as the waves and cannon as these areas are not easily falisfied.
A semi hollow reverse IAB in Silver with “mini pillow” setting for the hinge. Manufacturer attribution should be possible for those who collect IAB’s (A quick comment would be greatly appreciated if you do know who the maker of the medal was).
Unmarked Silver IAB with flat back. A rather unique pin and hinge set up, something one would encounter normally on Luftwaffe badges, should make attribution simple for those medal collectors who recognize this particular IAB.