Original WWI German BLACK WOUND BADGE 1918. (Verwundeten-Abzeichen) Certified. The Wound Badge was originally established on March 3rd 1918 by Prussian King Wilhelm II to recognize the sacrifice of those wounded during WWI. Die struck, hollow backed, magnetic sheet metal construction badge. Finish is worn. The badge is in the form of a vertical oval, which is more circular then the 1939 pattern WWII badges, with an embossed, high relief, profile of a M16 pattern helmet superimposed over crossed swords on a pebbled base encompassed by an embossed oval laurel leaf wreath. The reverse of the badge is a mirror image of the obverse. Reverse of the badge is complete with its original hinge and pin & catch assembly.