Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge By W.H.

Original Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge W.H. (Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen) constructed in gilded silvered tombac mid to late war. The reverse vertical pin and soldered hinge with round wire catch complere with makers mark ‘W.H.’ for Wilhelm Hobacher. The badge measures 46.2mm (W) x 54.1mm (H) and weighs 22.0g. The badge retains some of its gilding and has no damage or repairs in good condition.

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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.

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