Original WWII German Luftwaffe (Airforce) FLAK ARTILLERY WAR BADGE By Assmann (Flak-Kampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe) Certified
Original WWII German Luftwaffe (Airforce) FLAK ARTILLERY WAR BADGE by Assmann. (Flak-Kampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe) Certified. The Flak Artillery War Badge was introduced by Hermann Göring on January 10TH 1941, for award to air defense crews including searchlight and sound detection personnel. Originally the Flak Artillery War Badge was awarded to personnel for both aerial and ground target victories until the introduction of the Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge on March 31ST 1942, after which the Flak Artillery War Badge was only awarded for successful aerial target victories. Bestowal of the award was originally rendered on a point structure system with sixteen points required to be presented the badge, although the criteria was modified during the war. Of Note: The Flak arm is often viewed as a secondary arm of service within the Luftwaffe when in fact during the war between half and two thirds of all Luftwaffe personnel served in it. Two piece, die struck alloy construction, partially scoop backed badge with a silver wash is in the form of a vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a separate, Luftwaffe style eagle, clutching a canted, swastika in it’s talons, affixed to the top center. The wreath encompasses the cut-out, profile of an 88mm anti-aircraft gun with the gun barrel extending beyond the edge of the wreath. The badge features nice detailing including cut-outs to the swastika’s arms and feathering to the eagle’s wings and tail. The reverse of the badge has subtle scooped depressions to the gun and the eagle’s wings. The reverse of the badge is correctly maker marked: “A” (F. W. Assmann & Sohne, Lüdenscheid). It’s block hinge a thin round vertical pin and a soldered catch are no longer intact. Shows the expected age, wear and use. In good but used condition (minus the pin and catch) . Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page number! GOOD EXAMPLE IF YOU ONLY NEED A DISPLAY MEDAL (Priced Accordingly) ! Desirable maker DON’T MISS IT!