Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge By Rudolf Souval

Original Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge By Rudolf Souval (Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen) a fine textbook example of a gilded silvered tombac, complete with makers mark on the reverse “R.S.” for “Rudolf Souval of Wien”.  Hinge pin and Catch all intact to the reverse.

The badge measures 53.3mm x 45.8mm and retains a large amount of gilding and is in very good condition.


Product ID: 2175


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Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge

The Destroyer War Badge (German: Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen) as a World War II German military decoration and 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.