Submarine War Badge, by R. Souval

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SKU: 01.GTR.0901.102.15.000

Estimated market value:

$350 USD

  • Submarine War Badge, by R. Souval Obverse
  • Submarine War Badge, by R. Souval Reverse
  • Submarine War Badge, by R. Souval Detail

Estimated market value:

$350 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Zinc gilt
  • Size
    48x40mm

History


The Submarine War Badge was originally instituted in January of 1918 and it was later revived by Adolf Hitler on October 13th, 1939. The Badge was conferred upon U-Boat crews who were exceptional at locating and destroying enemy vessels.

To receive the badge, an individual had to participate in at least two operational missions or had to participate in at least one successful sortie against the enemy. In addition, if an individual was wounded during a mission, they were also eligible to receive the badge. If a sailor was killed in the line of duty, his badge would be sent to his next-of-kin. The award could be conferred upon officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men, as long as they fulfilled one of the criteria listed above. The awards were issued at the discretion of the U-boat's captain.

The first badges were manufactured by Schwerin & Sohn (Berlin) and were composed of tombac. The finishes vary and include real gold and artificial gold washes. Cloth badges were produced but rarely worn.

Badges by Souval are marked “R.S.”. Badges are made of zinc.

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