Narvik Shield, Heer/Army


SKU: 01.GTR.0501.101.01.001

Estimated market value:

$250+ USD

  • Narvik Shield, Heer/Army Obverse
  • Narvik Shield, Heer/Army Reverse
  • Narvik Shield, Heer/Army Obverse

Estimated market value:

$250+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Several makers are known to exist.
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: NARVIK 19 40
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    The Heer/Army shield has a field-grey cloth backing. There were approximately 2603 shields awarded to Heer/Army personnel. The shield is made of either cupal or zinc. The cupal version is more valuable than the zinc version.

Physical Description and Item Details

A 1940 Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Issue Narvik Schild; constructed of stamped zinc; the shield; featuring national eagle with swooped down wings, clutching a wreathed swastika; inscribed “Narvik” in capital letters, with an Edelweiss flower (representing the Heer) in the center between the date “1940” and a crossed anchor (representing the Kriegsmarine) and propeller (representing the Luftwaffe) on the obverse; with its wool backer perfectly preserved; all four prongs perfectly intact on the reverse, with its mint paper backer; measuring 58x103mm; an issued example - visible are tiny holes in the paper backer from attachment to a uniform, but a lightly worn example with nearly all of its original silver finish intact; in virtually mint condition.


The Badge was established on August 19, 1940, and was conferred upon all members of the armed forces who participated in the Battle of Narvik, which occurred from April 9th to June 9th, 1940.

There are two versions of this medal, a grey metal type awarded to the army and air force, and a gilt type awarded to the navy.

The coloured cloth backing of the badge varies according to the military service branch of the recipient.

Army/Heer badges were awarded with a gray cloth backing.

Navy/Kriegsmarine badges were awarded with a dark blue cloth backing.

Air Force/Luftwaffe badges were awarded with a gray-blue cloth backing.

The badge was designed by Dr. Richard Klein.


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