Nazi Germany during World War II awarded many different Awards and Decorations. During the years between 1933 and 1945 the Third Reich created a new era of military decorations which went hand and hand with Nazi Germany kind of like a symbol of their power and as an identity. Seeing one of these medals, awards or badges verifies that at a glance everyone knows it was from Nazi Germany, one of the most recognizable symbols in the world today is the German Swastika, a symbol of the Hitler years.
Many people find German Militaria of great historic value, as well as being highly collectible. The awards and decorations were broken down into different categories, from military to civilian, Hitler Youth Organizations, SS, Luftwaffe which was the German Air Force, Naval War Badges, Sports Decorations and more. Hitler was a big supporter of sports and thats why there was a sports section of decorations, as the Olympics were held in Berlin during the Hitler Era.
Here is a condensed list of some of the awards given: Grand Cross of the Iron Cross Iron Cross First Class German Cross in Gold Waffen SS Long Service Award Narvik Shield Kuban Shield 1939 Wound Badge War Badges Army Anti Aircraft Badge General Assault Badge Close Combat Badge Army Paratrooper Badge Snipers Badge Coastal Artillery Defense Badge Luftwaffe Badges Pilots Badge Eastern Front Medal West Wall Medal Anschluss Medal Observer Badge Radio Operator Badge Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge Day Fighters Night Fighters Political Decorations The German Order Golden Nazi Party Badge Danzig Cross 1st Class Wound Badge Gau Decorations from the Gauleiter or Leaders of the Nazi Policial Districts SS And Police Decorations Powered Aircraft Badge Hitler Youth Decorations National Youth Sports Badges Hitler Youth Marksmanship Badge Fire Brigade Decoration Civil Defense Decorations Red Cross Awards Fritz Todt Award and many many more.
Anti Aircraft Flak Badge
One type of Badge that we have here in the website is the Anti Aircraft Badge or Flak Badge. This particular badge was approved by Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring. It ws designed by W E Peekhaus in the summer of 1940. They started awarding the badge on Jan 10th 1941 to individuals or crew members for service and it was awarded based on a points system. The badges were made of primarily nickel silver, zinc, Tombak and early on aluminum which was done away with around the early 1940s and those are the one collectors highly desire for quality and they are their rarity.
Some of the makers of the badges were: Brehmer Markneukirchen G.B., C.E. Juncker Berlin SW, WL Gebruder Wegerhoff Ludenscheid, WH Walter Henlein, Assmann & Sohn, and some were unmarked as well.
The Badge was worn on the uniform upper pocket on the left side if you were in the uniform and if you were looking at the soldier it would be on your right as you faced him.
In order to be eligible for the award you had to earn 16 points on a points based system with different actions earning different levels of points. All air defense artillery personnel and radar control units and search light units were eligible to accrue points towards getting awarded the badge. 1 point - First detection of incoming enemy aircraft by means of 150cm or 60 cm search lights and following the aircraft to another search light team. 2 points - Participation in the downing of an enemy aircraft by means of ground based fire with AA or anti aircraft batteries or machine gun fire or rifle fire. 4 Points - Shooting down an enemy aircraft unaided. Meritous duty or bravery also constituted awarding of the badge, including if the battery commander had half of his men awarded the flak badge he would then be eligible for the award, and it ws even awarded for five unsuccessful engagements with the enemy or another words, five defenses with no enemy aircraft shot down.
In the images pages we have some different badges shown including the Flak Badge or Anti Aircraft Badge.
A 1943 WWII Nazi Germany German Kuban Battle Shield. The battle Shield came about in Sept 1943 and was issued for the campaign which was in the Crimean Area around February 1943.
The award came attached to a cloth material to be sewn to the sleeve of the soldiers uniform and had a paper backing on the shield itself, this particular badge has the cloth backing but no paper attached to the shield itself.
The shield was given when certain criteria were met, such as Continuous military service for two months, the soldier was part of one major battle in the campaign or he was wounded while in service in the area of the campaign.
There is an image of this badge in our German WWII Badge images page, thanks for looking.
German WWII Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge
There were two types of Paratrooper Badges in WWII for the paratroopers. The first was the Army Paratroooper Badge which was introduced in 1937 by the Chief of the German Army a Von Fritsch. It was awarded to members of the army who had five jumps and qualified by passing a test.
Then the German Air Force or Luftwaffe started to issue the Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge and by the year 1944 a year before the end of the war it was also awarded to other personnel who completed one combat jump, mainly admin, legal and medical personnel.
The paratrooper badge for the Luftwafe paratroopers was awarded to jumpers with Six jumps and those who passed a qualifying test. They also had to pass a test each year to maintain eligibility to maintain the award.
The badge has the eagle holding the German Nazi Swastika in its claws and has the wreath surrounding it with two different leaf patterns, Oak on one side and Laurel on the other side.There are many manufacturers of the Luftwaffe Paratrooper badge including: Assmann Und Sohn, C E Juncker, IMME, Paul Maybauer, and more.
Nazi Germany WWII Pilots Badge
A WWII Nazi Germany German Luftwaffe Pilots Badge. The badge was introduced in the Late Summer or Early Fall of 1935 by Hermann Goring of the Third Reich I believe.
The pilots badge has an Eagle holding a Swastika in its claws in flight with its wings spread out over the edges of the wreath. The wreath has two different style leaves on it including Oak leaves.
The Luftwaffe Pilots badges were made of many different types of materials, including Aluminum, Tombak, Alloy, zinc and other materials.
There were many different makers of the Pilots badges like the other German WWII Military badges including: C E Juncker, IMME, Wilhelm Deumer, Assmann and Sohn, Gebruder Wegerhoff Ludenscheid, BSW or Gebruder Schneider Wein, there was OM and others and some werent marked by a maker.
The badge was worn on the uniform left side upper pocket and pilots who completed their pilots training received them.