Here we have a Type A Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe by Gebruder Wegerhoff, Lüdenscheid! The Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge was awarded to those who had successfully completed the paratrooper training course, consisting of physical and psychological tests along with six qualifying parachute jumps. The two-piece construction badge features a die struck tombak based and fire gold gilded eagle with a die struck zinc based chemically blackened wreath. The oval shaped obverse depicts a diving Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a swastika within its talons, and is above by a blackened half laurel leaf and berry, half oak leaf and acorn wreath. The reverse is maker marked “GWL” and displays the correct; integral hinge, integral catch, nickel-silver round wire pin and two recessed dimple rivets. There is a 1mm crack just above the top rivet. It measures approximately 1 5/8 inches wide by 2 1/8 inches high. Beautiful gilded mirror like swastika and detail throughout!
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