Blockade Runners Badge With Stickpin By Fec. Otto Placzek

An original WW2 German Kriegsmarine Blockade Runners Badge with stickpin by Fec. Otto Placzek, die-struck construction in zinc and tombac.  The obverse of the decoration has a burnished silver finish with nice patina.  The reverse has “dish-back” surface known as variation 4 wth the makers mark “Fec. Otto Placzek Berlin Ausf. Schwerin Berlin” with a tapered vertical pin and soldered barrel hinge and hook, accompanied by a minature stickpin unmarked.  The presentation case is a modern copy covered in blue leatherette and linned with blue rayon and purple felt base.  The badge and stickpin have no damage or repairs in good condition.


Product ID: 9460


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Blockade Runners Badge

The Blockade Runners Badge (Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher) was a WW2 Kriegsmarine decoration awarded for service on warships and merchants vessels that that attempted to break through enemy blockades.  The decoration was instituted on 1st April 1941 upon the order of Adolf Hitler.  Blockade runners were ships that attempted to break through the naval blockades imposed by the Allied forces during World War II to trade with Axis powers, particularly Germany. These operations were extremely dangerous as they involved evading naval patrols and risking attacks by enemy warships and aircraft.

Initially, the badge was awarded as a civil decoration, but as of December 5, 1942 soldiers of the Kriegsmarine were also eligible.  The badge was designed by Otto Placzeck in Berlin.   The badge depicts a ship cuttiung through the waves with a large German Eagle clutching a swastika on its bow encircircled by chains.


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