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Verwundetenabzeichen.

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    Default Verwundetenabzeichen.

    Big fan of the wound badge.
    Here are some average black and silver class awards............
    The "gold" one is made of tombak without a trace of black finish.

    Photo of a wary NCO with EKI, Infanterie Sturmabzeichen and black wound badge.
    ( Notice his bandaged left hand. )
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    Last edited by Adrian; 06-02-2011 at 08:05 AM.

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    Default Re: wound badges

    When you think for what reason could each of those was awarded...

    Thanks for posting.

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    schnellmann
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    I have a letter from a soldat who fought on the Eastern front. He said he was wounded 80 times! Can you imagine that? He didn't specify if 4-5 wounds were received at one time, but I suspect that is the case. 80 different episodes of being wounded is something too horrific to consider!

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    Talking Re: wound badges

    I can't guess at how serious the wounds may have had to have been, or if each puncture from a fragmenting projectile or such could be considered or counted as an individual "wound". That sounds incredible !
    ( Still only one award could be worn at a time ! ! )

    The American front line cartoonist Bill Mauldin was hit by a small piece of schrapnel requiring no stitches - barely a noticable scar, yet they gave him the Purple Heart.....

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    Nice wound badges. These are my favourite German award.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    schnellmann
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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    I can't guess at how serious the wounds may have had to have been, or if each puncture from a fragmenting projectile or such could be considered or counted as an individual "wound". That sounds incredible !
    ( Still only one award could be worn at a time ! ! )

    The American front line cartoonist Bill Mauldin was hit by a small piece of schrapnel requiring no stitches - barely a noticable scar, yet they gave him the Purple Heart.....
    Can you imagine if it were different? The soldat would have worn 8 Gold Wound Badgs at once!

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    Yes, and like the Westwall medals, simple designs make for beautiful pieces.
    Still readily available these days in black versions for reasonable prices.

    Also with many different ( Oh, Oh ! ) makers marks,
    fun to collect a variety...........

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    What are the materials used I'n these badges as all the silver grades look different ?

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    ha! Senator John Kerry awarded himself three purple hearts as the commander...one was from being hit by rice that hit him from an exploding boat!

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    Quote by banksy View Post
    What are the materials used in these badges as all the silver grades look different ?
    The above three 'silver' badges are made of zinc. Earlier silver badges are made
    of tombac with silver plate. There are many reasons why they look different
    - such as alloy composition, degree of wear, patination, etc.............
    Regards,


    Steve.

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