Abzeichen, Waffen-SS and Heer
Abzeichen, Waffen-SS and Heer

"War badges" / "Kriegsabzeichen".
A unique German phenomenon that blossomed during Word War II, War Badges (“Kriegsabzeichen”), allowed an observer to determine the level of experience of a particular soldier at first glance. Though they were in existence before 1918, the number of German War Badges dramatically increased during the war and by 1945 there were over 40 different patterns. These were often subdivided into classes, distinguished by the metal type (Gold, Silver, and Bronze. 

Kriegsabzeichen in superb quality! All with very nice wide needle.These are items often sold as "genuine", but these are produced after 1945, and more like very good museums-productions.
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Close Combat Clasp in Gold

Waffen-SS/Heer, The Close Combat Clasp in Gold

"Nahkampfspange"
Marked: "Fec.We. Peekhaus Berlin, Aus A.B.M.U.K Gablonz"
On 25 November 1942 at the height of the Battle of Stalingrad, Hitler created a new incentive for his footsoldiers i the from of the "Nahkampfsprange". In Gold was for 50 close-combat days respectiverly, combat days were reckoned as from 1 December 1942, and had to involved actual hand-to-hand combat on foot, whether in attack or defence.
Close Combat Clasp in Silver

Waffen-SS/Heer, The Close Combat Clasp in Silver

"Nahkampfspange"
Marked: "Fec.We. Peekhaus Berlin, Aus A.B.M.U.K Gablonz"

On 25 November 1942 at the height of the Battle of Stalinggrad, Hitler created a new incentive for his fottsoldiers i the from of the "Nahkampfsprange". In silver was for 30 close-combat days respectiverly, combat days were reckoned as from 1 December 1942, and had to involved actul hand-to-hand cmbat on foot, whether in attack or defence.
Close Combat Clasp in Bronze

Waffen-SS/Heer, The Close Combat Clasp in Bronze

"Nahkampfspange"
Marked: "Fec.We. Peekhaus Berlin, Aus A.B.M.U.K Gablonz"

On 25 November 1942 at the height of the Battle of Stalinggrad, Hitler created a new incentive for his fottsoldiers i the from of the "Nahkampfsprange". In bronze was for 15 close-combat days respectiverly, combat days were reckoned as from 1 December 1942, and had to involved actul hand-to-hand cmbat on foot, whether in attack or defence.
Close Combat Set

Waffen-SS/Heer, The Close Combat -----COMPLETE SET!--------

"Nahkampfspange"
Marked: "Fec.We. Peekhaus Berlin, Aus A.B.M.U.K Gablonz"

All 3: in Bronze, Silver and Gold in a set! - ONLY 49 Euros
On 25 November 1942 at the height of the Battle of Stalingrad, Hitler created a new incentive for his footsoldiers in the form of the "Nahkampfsprange".
This award was instituted on November 25th, 1942. There were three grades issued:
  1. Bronze - 15 days of unsupported close combat or 10 days in case of wound
  2. Silver - 30 days of unsupported close combat or 20 days in case of wound
  3. Gold - 50 days of unsupported close combat or 40 days in case of wound

Waffen-SS/Heer, Special grade of the Tank Badge , "100"

"Panzerkampfabzeichen mit der Einsatzzahl"
Marked: "JFS"

 

Waffen-SS/Heer, Special grade of the Tank Badge, "75"

Waffen-SS/Heer, Special grade of the Tank Badge, "75"

"Panzerkampfabzeichen mit der Einsatzzahl"
Marked: "JFS"
Tank Badge 50

Waffen-SS/Heer, Special grade of the Tank Badge, "50" (golden oak)

"Panzerkampfabzeichen mit der Einsatzzahl"
Marked: "JFS"

 

Tank Badge 25

Waffen-SS/Heer, Special grade of the Tank Badge , "25" (#1)

"Panzerkampfabzeichen mit der Einsatzzahl"
Marked: "JFS"

 

Waffen-SS/Heer, Tank Badges in Silver

Waffen-SS/Heer, Tank Badges in Silver

"Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber"
Marked: "AS"

Panzerkampfabzeichen was instituted by von Brauchitsch on 20 December 1939. It was intially in silver only, for award to tank commanders, drivers, gunners and radio operators who took parts in three armoured assaults on three separate days.

 

Tank Badge

Waffen-SS/Heer, Tank Badges in Bronze

"Panzerkampfabzeichen"
Marked: "AS"
From 1st of June 1940 the Bronze Version to Panzergrenadiere was given.
Panzer Badge In Bronze

Panzer Badge In Bronze

Given to Unteroffizier Uwe Mauer. 21.11.1943.
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Waffen-SS/Heer, Tank Badges in Silver, With BOX

"Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber"
Marked: "AS". Box: "LDO"

 

Panzerkampfabzeichen was instituted by von Brauchitsch on 20 December 1939. It was intially in silver only, for award to tank commanders, drivers, gunners and radio operators who took parts in three armoured assaults on three separate days.

Waffen-SS/Heer, Tank Badge in Bronze, With BOX.

"Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze"
Marked: "AS". Box: "LDO"

Waffen-SS/Heer, Infantry Assult Badge in Silver 1939

"Infanterie-Sturmabzeicehen in Silber"
  1. To have taken part in three or more infantry assaults.
  2. To have taken part in three or more infantry counter-attacks.
  3. To have taken part in three or more armed reconnaissance operations.
  4. To have engaged in hand to hand combat in an assault position.
  5. To have participated on three separate days in the restitution of combat positions.

 

Waffen-SS/Heer, General Assult Badge "150" 1943

"Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen mit Einsatzzahl"
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Waffen-SS/Heer, General Assult Badge "100" 1943

"Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen mit Einsatzzahl"

 

Waffen-SS/Heer, General Assult Badge "50" 1943

"Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen mit Einsatzzahl"

 

Waffen-SS/Heer, General Assult Badge "25" 1943 (#1)

"Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen mit Einsatzzahl"

Waffen-SS/Heer, General Assult Badge "15" 1943

"Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen mit Einsatzzahl"

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Waffen-SS/Heer General Assult Badge 1940

"Allgemeines-Sturmabzeichen"
  1. The recipient must not be eligible for the Infantry Assault Badge.
  2. To have taken part in three infantry or armored assaults on three different days.
  3. To have taken part in three infantry or armored indirect assaults on three different days.
  4. To have been wounded while fulfilling the second or third requirement.
  5. To have earned a decoration while fulfilling the second or third requirement
    Please see "More images" for backside.

Waffen-SS/Heer, Infantry Assult Badge in Silver 1939 (#2)

"Infanterie-Sturmabzeicehen in Silber" In aluminium.
  1. The recipient must not be eligible for the Infantry Assault Badge.
  2. To have taken part in three infantry or armored assaults on three different days.
  3. To have taken part in three infantry or armored indirect assaults on three different days.
  4. To have been wounded while fulfilling the second or third requirement.
  5. To have earned a decoration while fulfilling the second or third requirement
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Waffen-SS/Heer, Infantry Assult Badge in Bronze 1939

"Infanterie-Sturmabzeicehen"

 

Waffen-SS/Heer, Flak Badge 1941 (#1)

"Heeres-Flakabzeichen"

The Heer Flak Badge was awarded via a point system, with 16 being the requisite. Four points were awarded to the battery credited with downing an enemy aircraft without support. If other batteries assisted only two points were awarded. Searchlight or sound locator crews, working in conjunction with flak batteries, which were credited with a first detection, were awarded one point. T he award could also be given, regardless of points, for bravery or merit in conducting an anti-aircraft mission.

Heer Parachutists Badge 1937-45

"Fallschirmschutzen-Abzeichen des Heers"

Anti-Partisan War Badge in Gold

"Bandenkampfabzeichen / 1944-45"
Only four gold badges were, in fact, personally awarded by Reichführer-SS Himmler at his Headquarters on 15 February 1945.
The Bandenkampfabzeichen was instituted by Adolf Hitler on January 30th 1944. It was meant to be a bravery and service award, specially for SS and Polizei members that were in action against Partisans.
During the years of occupation in most parts of Europe, there was a growing form of resistance against the German occupation. Towards the end of the Second World War, large groups of the resistance were combined into Partisan groups and committed many sabotage actions. These activity’s became more and more coördinated, specially in country’s like Poland, Yugoslavia, France, Greece and the Soviet-Union. An ever growing amount of German forces, mainly SS and Polizei, were put into action to try and keep open the supply routes towards the front.
The overwhelming emptiness of the Soviet occupied territory meant a special threat. There the Partisans were able to unite themselves in huge groups, sometimes forming even whole divisions.
The amount of troops needed to fight against the Partisans, bounded German formations that could not be put into action on the front. This amount grew towards the end of the war. Around the beginning of 1944 it is estimated that a total of between 500.000 and 1.000.000 Partisans were in action against the Germans. In order to recognise the hardness of the battle, the Bandenkampfabzeichen was instituted and open to all soldiers regardless their rank, that were part of the struggle against the Partisans. Even members of Country’s that fought with the Germans could receive the award.
The Bandenkampfabzeichen was instituted in three grades (so called Stufen,); Bronze, Silver and Gold. A special grade of Gold with Diamond was instituted but never awarded.
The award could be obtained after having fulfilled a certain number of days actual fighting against Partisans. It was needed to be in actual combat with the enemy. The award recognition could date back until January 1st 1943. Days with close combat (hand to hand fighting) could be counted for both the Bandenkampfabzeichen and the Nahkampfspange (Close Combar Bar). Even so could a day on which a tank was destroyed in combat with Partisans, be counted to both the Bandenkampfabzeichen and the Panzervernichtigungsabzeichen (Tank Destroyers Bedg). The Bandenkampfabzeichen could also be awarded posthumous.
At the base of the award one can find a skull and crossed bones, surmounted by a sword, together with the five heads of the Hydra (A snakelike Greek Mythological creature). The sword bears a Swastika sun wheel and the total is surrounded by an oak leaves wrath.
The badge was manufactured in zinc and two main types can be found. There are solid ones and semi hollow ones. The semi hollow type can be found with a large or with a thin pin and with or without silhouetted snake heads. The badge was presented in a dark green box with white satin inlay. It was to be carried on the left upper pocket, just below the place of the EK I (Iron Cross 1st Class).
Anti-Partisan War Badge in Silver

Anti-Partisan War Badge in Silver

"Bandenkampfabzeichen / 1944-45"
Anti-Partisan War Badge in Bronze

Anti-Partisan War Badge in Bronze

"Bandenkampfabzeichen / 1944-45"


 

 

"Tieffliegervernichtungabzeichen"

Shooting Down Low-Flying Aircraft 1945 Gold

"Tieffliegervernichtungabzeichen"

 

"Tieffliegervernichtungabzeichen"

Shooting Down Low-Flying Aircraft 1945 Silver

"Tieffliegervernichtungabzeichen"

 

Single-Handed Destruction of a Tank in Silver 1942-43

"Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer"

Silver grade for 1 tank.

Single-Handed Destruction of a Tank in Gold 1942-43

"Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer"

Gold grade for 5 tanks.

Wehrmacht Wound Badges Complete Set (Black, Silver, Gold)!

"Verwundeten-ABZ"
All 3 - Black - Silver - Gold in a SET.
Pin marked "51" see "More images".

Wound Badge of the 20th July 1944 Gold, Improved version!

"Verwundeten-ABZ 20. Juli 1944"
Improved version.

Wound Badge of the 20th July 1944 Silver

"Verwundeten-ABZ 20. Juli 1944"

 

Wound Badge of the 20th July 1944 Gold

"Verwundeten-ABZ 20. Juli 1944"

 

Wehrmacht Wound Badges in Gold 1939-1945. Improved version!

"Verwundeten-ABZ"
Improved version!

Wehrmacht Wound Badges in Silver 1939-1945. Improved version!

"Verwundeten-ABZ"
Improved version!

Wehrmacht Wound Badges in Black 1939-1945

"Verwundeten-ABZ"
Improved vers.

Wound Badge of the 20th July 1944 Silver, Improved version!

"Verwundeten-ABZ 20. Juli 1944"
Improved version.
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Wehrmacht Wound Badges in Silver 1939-1945

"Verwundeten-ABZ"

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