Kriegsmarine Destroyer Badge By JFS

Original Kriegsmarine Destroyer Badge by JFS (Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen) mid to late war constructed in zinc.  The wreath and eagle on the obverse have a nice golden wash, and the ship and waves retain the original silver finish.   The reverse of the Destroyer Badge is flat with “JFS” maker marked for Josef Feix & Söhne in Gablonz, with a ball hinge and round wire catch that are both crimped in place; measuring 53.3mm x 45.8mm and retains a large amount of gilding and is in very good condition.

The badge has no signs of damage or repair by a desirable maker, in good condition.


Product ID: 5859


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Kriegsmarine Destroyer Badge

The Destroyer Badge (German: Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to officers and crew for service on Kriegsmarine destroyers.  It was instituted on 4 June 1940 by Grand Admiral Erich Raeder following the battle of Narvik. It was also awarded to the crews of torpedo boats and fast attack craft until the institution of the Fast Attack Craft War Badge.

The medal, designed by Paul Carsberg of Berlin, consists of an outer oakleaf laurel wreath of oak leaves with the national emblem of eagle clutching a swastika (both golden coloured) at its apex.  The central area features a side-view of a destroyer cutting through a wave (both silver-grey to black in colour). 

It was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded. Additionally, an embroidered cloth version was produced.