Minesweeper War Badge, by Steinhauer & Lück

SKU: 01.GTR.0902.102.15

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    Germany
  • date of institution
    August 31, 1940

History


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 Steinhauer & Lück are made of tombac or zinc. Tombac badges are marked with the company’s LDO number, L/16, while zinc badges remain unmarked.

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    $225 USD

  • Composition

    Tombac gilt/Silvered Tombac

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    44x54mm

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    $150 USD

  • Composition

    Zinc gilt/Silvered Zinc

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    44x54mm

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