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A Kriegsmarine Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen by Josef Feix Söhne of Gablonz. The Navy Destroyer War Badge was authorize on June 4th 1940 and could be awarded to every crew member and officer of every destroyer, torpedo boat or S-boat who took part in the actions in Norway (especially around Narvik). They must also be in good standing and participation in either three engagements or three offensive mining operations or 12 sorties against the enemy, there were other special considerations or conditions that may grant the badge as well. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that has been gold gilded and chemically blackened. The obverse depicts a destroyer ship breaking through the sea below a small Kriegsmarine eagle (with closed wings, clutching a mobile swastika within its talons), which is then all encompassed by an oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse is centrally maker marked: “JFS”. It also shows a crimped on tombak; ball hinge, round wire catch, round wire top hook and a round wire pin. The gilding and blackening are wonderful! It measures approximately 2 1/8 inches high by 1 13/16 inches wide. A beautifully detailed piece to display in your collection!
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