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Luftwaffe Erdkampfabzeichen / Ground Combat badge

Article about: This badge was instituted on 31st March 1942 in order to decorate members of the Luftwaffe engaged in ground combat. The award was given for: Taking part in three engagements on three differ

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    This badge was instituted on 31st March 1942 in order to decorate members of the Luftwaffe engaged in ground combat. The award was given for:

    Taking part in three engagements on three different days.

    Being wounded in one of those engagements.

    Being awarded any bravery decoration in one of those engagements.



    A Luftwaffe man being KIA in ground combat was automatically awarded the badge.


    Prior to this date Luftwaffe men fighting as ground comabt troops had been awarded Heer decorations, such as the Infantry assault, General assault or Panzer assault badges. These badges were to be given in and exchanged for the new Luftwaffe badge.

    The badge is made of zinc. The example illustrated is from my collection. It is not maker marked. Other higher quality versions exist with separatly applied eagles. Known makers were:

    MuK5
    GH Osang
    GB
    RK
    GWL
    Arno Wallpach

    Please be aware of numbered versions of this badge for 25, 50, 75 or 100 engagements. Instituted on paper on 10th November 1944. These badges were never produced in WW2 and any offered for sale must be regarded as fakes.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Here is the typical paper packet in which this award was issued. Made from cheap poor quailty paper with a lot of wood pulp fibre in evidence.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    very nice piece ade, rgds dave

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    this is probably one of my favourite badges. So far I only had one in relic conditions. Sooner or later I will buy one. By the way, yours is very nice !

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    Not a bad investment for £12 plus an extra £1 for the packet. This was of course about 30 years ago now

    Cheers, Ade.

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    WOW hehe have prices gone up!! Nice item Ade, thanks again

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    i remember seeing a picture of this award on the internet years ago, i dont recall where. I always wondered what it was for!

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    Might have seen it here 3 years ago !

    Mike, is this you digging up all these old threads ?
    ( Nice to see these forgotten treasures......... )
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Might have seen it here 3 years ago !

    Mike, is this you digging up all these old threads ?
    ( Nice to see these forgotten treasures......... )
    Yes Sir, it is hope you enjoy!!!! These are great!! Lots of info!! Ade is very detailed!!

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Might have seen it here 3 years ago !

    no, it was a gold version, but the same style!

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