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A beautiful Panzer Krimschild (Crimean Shield) by unknown manufacturer 1.23. The Krim Campaign Arm Shield was instituted on July 25th 1942 by Adolf Hitler. It was awarded to commemorate all members (Air Force, Navy and Army) who took part in an honorable way of fighting for the Crimean Peninsula, between September 21 1941 and July 4 1942. It is constructed out of a die stamped sheetmetal base that has been bronzed washed and has four prongs that are attached to a zinc plate hidden by a black wool and a glued on brown fiberous paper backing. The shield shaped obverse depicts an open winged national eagle clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons which is beside “1941” and “1942” and is above the Crimean peninsula which is marked “Krim” and is all surrounded by a black cloth backing. The reverse shows a glued on paper backing. It shows great detail and is in wonderful condition with just the right amount of patina! It measures approximately 3 inches high by 2 1/2 inches wide. Unknown maker 1.23 is found on page 88 of “The Krim Shield” by S. Weber and to find this maker with the panzer cloth backing see page 95 of “The Awards of the Heer” Vol. II by Marez and Hartmann. The Navy Narvik is only in the photo to show you the clear difference between the blue and black. A rare piece especially to find in this kind of condition.
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