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A Kriegsmarine Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen by Gebruder Wegerhoff of Lüdenscheid. 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 tombak base that has been gold gilded and chemically blackened then finished in a protective lacquer coating. 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 maker marked: “G.W.L.”. It also shows a tombak; soldered on block hinge, soldered on catch and a coke bottle pin. All of the components remain working well. The top hook appears to have broken off then been re-soldered back on and broken off again. 50% of the top hook remains intact. The gilding and blackening are superb and are covered by a nice coating of lacquer! 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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