A Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer by Rudolf Souval of Vienna. It was awarded for a proven successful long distance operation on an Auxiliary Cruiser (or supply ships that supported them). It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that have been gold gilded and grey painted. The oval shaped obverse features a man standing in a Viking long ship, with its sail set, on a world globe, cruising on the globes Atlantic Ocean. This is all below a Kriegsmarine eagle (with outstretched wings clutching a swastika within its talons) and is surrounded by an oak leaf and acorn wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse is correctly marked: “R.S.” and has an outlined soldered on steel round plate round wire catch, outlined soldered on tombak sheet metal hinge (steel hinge pin) and steel round wire needle pin. It measures approximately 1 ¾ inches wide by 2 ¼ inches tall. A nice one!
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