A Heer Krimschild mit der Papiertüte by Friedrich Orth of Wien! 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 sheet metal base that has been bronzed washed and has four prongs that are attached to a steel plate hidden by a 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 field gray green cloth backing. The badge has lots of finish remaining. There is some wear to the high areas. The reverse shows a glued paper backing. The wool, all four prongs and the plate are visible through the paper. The detail and bronze wash is beautiful! It measures approximately 2 15/16 inches high by 2 1/2 inches wide. Included is the original issue paper packet that has been folded and glued together. The packet has minor tears and damage, it reads, in black Gothic style ink: “Krimschild”, to the obverse and “Friedrich Orth Wien 56-”, within a thin rectangular border, to the reverse. See page 50, (packet) of Webers "The Krim Shield". About as good as it gets!
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