Minesweeper War Badge, by B. H. Mayer (in zinc)


SKU: 01.GTR.0902.102.02.001

Estimated market value:

$150 USD

  • Minesweeper War Badge, by B. H. Mayer (in zinc) Obverse
  • Minesweeper War Badge, by B. H. Mayer (in zinc) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$150 USD


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  • Composition
    Zinc gilt/Silvered Zinc
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Physical Description and Item Details

Germany, Kriegsmarine. A Minesweeper War Badge, by B.H. Mayer

(Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch, U-Boot Jagd, und Sicherungsverbände). Instituted on 31 August 1940 by Supreme Commander Erich Raeder. Constructed of gilded and silvered zink, the Minesweeper War Badge consists of a silvered, oval oak leaf wreath, each side having an outer margin of seven oak leaves pointing upward, at the bottom is a stylized bow holding the wreath together, within the lower third of the wreath lies a calm water surface with narrowly spaced horizontal waves, out of the centre of this surface erupts a column of water representing a mine detonation, this explosion covers nearly the remaining two thirds of the inside area of the badge and ends short of the swastika of the national eagle, the top is crowned by a national Kriegsmarine eagle with spread wings, head turned to its right, the swastika is executed in a very small size, the reverse presents a vertical pinback with a coke bottle-shaped pin, a hollow barrel hinge and Pforzheim area-style catch, constructed of tombak, unmarked but displays features typical of B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt - Variation 2, measures 43.44 mm (w) x 54.03 mm (h), weighs 25.8 grams, and in near extremely fine condition.


The badge was instituted by the Supreme Commander of the Kriegsmarine, Erich Raeder. Its full name is Minesweeper, Subchaser, and Escort Vessel War Badge (Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boots-Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände). It was awarded to German Navy personnel protecting German-controlled coastlines performing a variety of duties.

The badge was conferred at the recommendation of the ship’s captain, and was awarded for either the successful completion of three missions, being injured during an operational mission, serving on a ship that was sunk by the enemy, completing service in a heavily mined and dangerous zone, serving on an escort mission for a minimum of 25 days, or demonstrating outstanding conduct for a minimum of six months.

The badge was designed by Otto Placzek in Berlin.

The wreath and eagle are gilded, while the explosion in the water is silvered. The waves at the bottom are often chemically darkened, as is the reverse.

Badges by B. H. Mayer are made of tombac or zinc. Tombac badges are very rarely marked, but zinc badges feature the company’s LDO number, L/18.


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