Naval Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, by Förster & Barth

SKU: 01.GTR.0903.101.04

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  • Naval Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, by Förster & Barth Obverse
  • Naval Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, by Förster & Barth Reverse
  • Naval Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, by Förster & Barth Detail
  • Naval Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, by Förster & Barth Detail
  • Naval Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, by Förster & Barth Detail

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    April 24, 1941

History


The badge was instituted on April 24, 1941, and conferred upon crew members of auxiliary cruisers who showed worthiness and good behaviour, and proved themselves during a long-distance operation. It was awarded by the ship’s captain.

Auxiliary cruisers were merchant ships turned raiders, armed to differing degrees. Their mission was to disrupt trade and supply lines, and capture or sink enemy merchant vessels.

It has been estimated that the total amount of badges awarded may lie between 4500 and 4700.

The badge was designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus in Berlin. It shows a viking ship on the top half of a globe. Ship, eagle, and wreath are gilded, while the globe is silvered.

Badges by Förster & Barth are sometimes, but not always marked with the company’s LDO number, L/21. Badges are made of zinc.

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Versions

  • Price

    $475 USD

  • Composition

    Zinc gilt/Silvered Zinc

  • Inscription

  • Size

    44.5x57mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The badge shown here had its catch repaired.

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