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Article about: Hello All, Here is my latest acquisiton I am quite pleased to add this one to my ever growing Kriegsmarine collection. The only other examples I have seen are the ones attached to an officer

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    Default Küstenartillerie Starfish Badge

    Hello All,
    Here is my latest acquisiton
    I am quite pleased to add this one to my ever growing Kriegsmarine collection.
    The only other examples I have seen are the ones attached to an officers M43 and appears to be bullion wire and one attached to an overseas cap here on the photographs forum
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    All the best
    Doug

    The badge was worn by the following unit:
    Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 204

    Formed 5.40 in Ostende with 6 companies, increased to 8 companies in late 1940 (two from Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 240). From late 1942 only had 5 batteries, and in 9.43 gave up its 1st and 5th batteries to Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 203. In 1944 consisted of 2. - 4./MAA204, Batterie Malo Terminus and Batterie St. Pol. Disbanded 10.44, after heavy losses.

    Subordinated to Seekdt. Flandern, and from 1941 Seekdt Pas-de-Calais

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    Hi Doug, very nice example of the Zeester.

    An extant one can be seen on an einheitsfeldmutze in Wim Saris' book "Headgear of Hitler's Germany" Vol 1 on page 220.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Very nice Doug, first one I have seen close up

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Thanks Ade, it was neatly removed by the Vet...It did come with a lot of KM related items but nothing to write home about.
    In the book you mention as a reference is it this actual badge or is it one of this type:

    Both these seem to be a cropped badge

    Thanks Nick; I was pleased when this one came along
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    Hi Doug, the one in the book is the same as yours.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Thanks Ade,
    A picture of the picture would be good as long as it is not infringing any copyright
    All the best
    Doug

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    Hi Doug, Wilhelm Saris, the author is a valued member of this forum. Please drop him a line and ask his permission. He is is OK with it, I will post it.

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    Posting the scan from Wim's book with his kind permission. Thanks Wim!

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Very nice badge and rarely seen.

    Some of the defences at Ijmuiden can be seen here.

    Ijmuiden Atlantik wall bunkers and museum
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Ade, that is a great picture and does indeed show the very badge.
    I am pleased to have seen it.
    Many thanks also to Wilhelm for giving his permission to post the pictures here.
    All the best
    Doug

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