Heer Flak Badge By Förster & Barth

An original Heer Flak Badge by Förster & Barth (Heeres-Flakabzeichen) semi-hollow silvered zinc construction.  The obverse depicts oval leaves and acorns surmounted by the heer national eagle clutching a swastika, and a 88 flak gun elevated facing towards the right.  The reverse of the badge is unmarked but attributed to Förster & Barth, Pforzheim with a typical sheet metal hinge and the retaining pin goes from thick on the top to thin to thick again with a flat wire catch soldered to the badge.  The flak badges measures 60mm (h) x 44mm (w) and weighs 23 grams, and has no damage or repairs in good condition.



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Heer Flak Badge

The Heer Flak Badge (Heeres-Flakabzeichen) was instituted on 18.7.1941 by the firm Ernst Wilhelm Peekhaus of Berlin, which was awarded to members of flak batteries, sound-locator, and searchlight crews and those in supporting roles.

Criteria for the Heer Flak Badge came from a recommendation by commanders of the rank of General der Artillerie or above.  It was awarded after the accumulation of 16 points or could also be awarded outside of the points system for an act of merit or bravery in the performance of anti-aircraft duties.  If the candidates’ battery brought down an enemy aircraft then the crew members were awarded four points.  If two batteries were involved then each battery received two points.  Both officers and crews were eligible for the badge. The commanding officer for an anti-aircraft unit was eligible for the badge once half of his men also qualified for the badge.

Unlike the similar Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge (Flak-Kampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe), points were only awarded for the downing of aircraft and not ground targets.  The award was also available to searchlight crews and sound-locator crews.  German Army searchlight crews and sound-locator crews that assisted in the action by detection of aircraft could be awarded one point each.

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