Minesweepers War Badge By Rudolf Kaneth

A Kriegsmarine Minesweepers War Badge by Rudolf Kaneth (Minensucher-Kriegsabzeichen), constructed in zinc, with a nice silver finish on the waves and water plume, and the wreath has most of the gold gilt intact. The reverse of this Kriegsmarine Minesweepers War Badge is marked ‘R.K.’ for Rudolf Karneth, Gablonz complete with an integral hinge and ‘?’ shapped style catch. The badge has no damage or repairs with a nice patina with the majority of the gilt remaining; in very good condition.


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Minesweepers War Badge

The Minesweeper War Badge or Minesweepers, Sub-Chasers and Escort-Vessel War Badge (Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boot-Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände) was a WW2 Kriegsmarine award for sailors that served on minesweeper vessels.

The Award was instituted on 31 August 1940 by Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, and designed by Otto Placzek of Berlin which depicts an exploding sea mine surrounded by a laurel wreath of oak leaves surmounted by national emblem of an eagle clutching a swastika (both golden coloured).  The decoration was first produced in bronze and later in zinc, with many makers which vary in quality.

The award was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st Class Iron Cross if awarded.

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