U-Boat Badge By GWL

An original Kriegsmarine U-Boat badge by GWL (U-Boot-Kriegsabzeichen) constructed in zinc. The reverse of the badge is stamped with the maker’s mark “GWL” in a circle for Gebruder Wegerhoff, Ludenscheid with integral hinge and catch. The badge has no repairs or damage and has lost all the gilt, otherwise in good condition.


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U-Boat Badge

The Kriegsmarine U-Boat Badge (U-Boot-Kriegsabzeichen) was instituted in 1918 during WW1 and was awarded to recognise U-boat crews who had completed three war patrols.

The WW2 badge depicts a submarine in the centre surrounded by an oval laurel wreath with a German Eagle above clasping a swastika, gilded in gold which was worn on the lower left of the uniform.

Early versions of the award were made in tombac, with later versions made from zinc and a cloth embroidered version also existed in golden yellow cotton in bullion thread on blue woolen backing.  All badges were issued with a citation document, which rarely survived so are quite hard to find.

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