Narvik Shield, Kriegsmarine/Navy


SKU: 01.GTR.0501.102.01.000

Estimated market value:

$350+ USD

  • Narvik Shield, Kriegsmarine/Navy Obverse
  • Narvik Shield, Kriegsmarine/Navy Reverse
  • Narvik Shield, Kriegsmarine/Navy Obverse

Estimated market value:

$350+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Several makers are known to exist.
  • Composition
    Zinc gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: NARVIK 19 40
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    The Kriegsmarine/Navy shield is of gold colour and has a dark blue cloth backing. There were approximately 3228 shields awarded to Kriegsmarine/Navy 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

Constructed of of gilded stamped zinc; the obverse featuring a 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); with a dark blue wool backer and black paper backing fully preserved; measuring 54x102mm; with nearly all of its original gilt finish preserved; in overall near extremely fine 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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