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A desirable early 1st Variation Kriegsmarine U-Boots-Kriegsabzeichen by C. Schwerin & Sohn, Berlin. The Navy U-Boat War Badge was awarded to those who proved themselves with at least two or more sorties against the enemy, exceptions may be made in the case of a wounded crew member. It is constructed out of a die struck tombak base that has been gold gilded. The oval shaped obverse depicts a U-Boat that is surrounded by a laurel leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom and is below a Kriegsmarine eagle (left facing, with outstretched wings clutching a swastika in its talons). The full back reverse correctly maker marked: “Schwerin Berlin 68”. It also displays a soldered on tombak block hinge, soldered on round wire tombak catch and coke bottle pin. The details throughout the U-boat, eagle and wreath look excellent! It measures approximately 1 7/8 inches wide by 1 ½ inches tall. See page 50 of “The Kriegsmarine Awards” Vol I by Weber and Skora. A beautiful piece deserving of your collection!
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