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Kriegsmarine Flottenkriegsabzeichen/High Seas Fleet war badge

Article about: Introduced on 30th April 1941 by Grandadmiral Raeder. Awarded for : 12 weeks active service on a battleship or Cruiser. This time could be reduced if the sailor was wounded. Less time could

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    Default Kriegsmarine Flottenkriegsabzeichen/High Seas Fleet war badge

    Introduced on 30th April 1941 by Grandadmiral Raeder.

    Awarded for :

    12 weeks active service on a battleship or Cruiser.

    This time could be reduced if the sailor was wounded.

    Less time could also count if the cruise was very successful.

    It could also be awarded for men who served with the High Seas fleet but did not qualify for any other war badge.


    Known makers:

    Adolf Bock (who also designed the award)
    Schwerin
    Friedrich Orth
    RSS

    These badges can be found made of two materials, Tombak or Zinc. Here is a list coutsey of by John Robinson:

    TOMBAK

    Schwerin Berlin

    ZINC

    RSS (version 1)

    RSS (version 2)

    RSS (version 3)

    RSS (version 4)

    FO soldered fittings

    FO cast-in fittings

    RS

    L/18 or 26 (Mayer)

    Schwerin Berlin

    L/21




    UNMARKED

    L/21 type (Type with the deep indentation from the hull on the reverse)

    UNKNOWN IF PERIOD OR NOT

    AS


    My example is a late war issue made from zinc. Typically the gilt wash finish to the wreath has faded with age. Sadly the cast integeral catch has broken. This is a common fault with these badges made by "FO". These became very brittle and broke easily.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Nice badge Ade, shame the guild has faded, I think the Naval badges tend to be underated as compared to the Army or Luftewaffe, I like them personally
    Ben

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    Default Re: Kriegsmarine Flottenkriegsabzeichen/High Seas Fleet war badge

    Love it!! More treasures from the past!!!

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    Default Re: Kriegsmarine Flottenkriegsabzeichen/High Seas Fleet war badge

    I agree that the Kreigsmarine get passed up a lot because they are not as popular. I like your badge Ade, here is mine
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    Default Re: Kriegsmarine Flottenkriegsabzeichen/High Seas Fleet war badge

    Nice examples fellas! Here's mine, by S&L.




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    Great badges gents...I have a soft spot for KM badges, especially St u L versions ! heres a 57er.....
    Prost ! Steve.
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    Last edited by oradour; 10-27-2011 at 10:50 AM.
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    wow the detail in that medal is incredible oradour!

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