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Early Bundeswehr Fallschirmspringerabzeichen real?

Article about: Here is a badge that I have owned for years. (Previously, it had belonged my father who had purchased it in the Seventies.) I know that this is the short-lived first-model paratroopers' jump

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    Default Early Bundeswehr Fallschirmspringerabzeichen real?

    Here is a badge that I have owned for years. (Previously, it had belonged my father who had purchased it in the Seventies.)

    I know that this is the short-lived first-model paratroopers' jump badge [Fallschirmspringerabzeichen] of the Bundeswehr. What I don't know is whether it is real or not, as I am wholly unfamiliar with these badges and reliable information on them appears to be quite scarce. Thus, I thought I would post it here in the hope that other members will be able to comment on authenticity.

    The badge measures approx. 5.9 x 1.6 centimeters. It shows heavy tarnishing and wear. The pin/hinge/catch assembly is bent and damaged; the catch is missing the central locking mechanism. The reverse bears the maker's mark for Assmann; I understand that this is a known manufacturer of the badge.

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    Reverse view:
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    Obverse detail:
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    Reverse detail:
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    Obverse view at an angle:
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    Default Re: Early Bundeswehr Fallschirmspringerabzeichen real?

    Here's a link that might prove helpful Andreas. There seems to be a variety of rear set ups.

    Frühe Bundeswehr 1. Springerabzeichen - Ausrüstung - multi-board.com

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    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
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    Default Re: Early Bundeswehr Fallschirmspringerabzeichen real?

    Totally original Andreas...Great badge short lived, from 1955 to around 1958, I believe many Officers wore them up to the mid 1960's...Assmann was indeed one of the makers of this badge.....and as Ned has shown many types of rear hardware was used, a close collector friend has an Assmann one with twin prongs on the reverse, so that you pierced the tunic to fasten on the badge ! There are copies of this badge out there !
    Prost ! Steve.

    Here's where it goes........
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    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
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    Here is another few photos of it in wear, from around the 1957 period......
    Prost ! Steve.
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    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Default Re: Early Bundeswehr Fallschirmspringerabzeichen real?

    Thanks to both of you for the information, much appreciated!

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