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Original German WWII Black 3rd Class Wound Badge with Named Award Document - Dated 1943

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nicesteel construction black (3rd Class) wound badge, complete with its original Besitzzeugnis "possession/award" certificate!

The award document indicates that it was awarded to Grenadier Hans Tiebel of 5. Pz. Gren. Regt. 63 (5th Company of Panzer Grenadier Regiment 63). This is a rank equivalent to a U.S. Army Private. It was awarded on 2. April 1943 for a single injury sustained on 11. 1. 1943. ;The award was given at Res. Laz. Schreiberhau, or the Reserve Lazarett (Hospital) in Schreiberhau, today known as Szklarska Poręba in Poland, located on the border with the Czech Republic. It bears the stamp of the hospital on the lower left, and was signed by the Chefarzt (Chief Doctor) Richter-Ditten, who held the rank of Oberstarzt, short for Oberstabsarzt or Senior Staff Surgeon. The document has all the correct stamps and markings, and is the standard, 8" x 5.5", (20cm x 14cm), printed on mid-weight paper with black print and typed in particulars.

The badge itself is constructed from the mid-war stamped steel, which has been painted black. The oval badge depicts an embossed profile of a mobile swas, above an M35 pattern helmet, which is above two crossed broad swords. This then lies on a pebbled field and is surrounded by a laurel leaf and berry wreath which is tied together at the bottom with a bow tie. The pin, hinge and catch are all intact and in well-working condition. The black paint is well retained except for on the swas (hook cross). The badge measures 1.75 inches high by 1.5 inches wide.

A very nice example, complete with document, ready to add to your collection!

The German Wound Badge (Verwundetenabzeichen) was instituted during the First World War to recognize those wounded in the conflict. It was designed using a World War One style Imperial German helmet as the main motif. The helmet was set on top two crossed swords against a pebbled background and surrounded by a laurel leaves wreath.

During the Spanish Civil War the Third Reich reinstated the Wound Badge for a short period to honor those who were wounded during the conflict from 1936 to 1939. These German units participating in the assistance of the Spanish Fascists were deemed the “Condor Legion”. The pattern of the World War One Wound Badge was again used, except this time with a raised swas on the center of the World War One era helmet.

At the outbreak of war in September 1939 with Poland, Adolf AH once again reinstated the Wound Badge Award. Again the pattern of the badge was similar to that of the earlier style except the new design was freshened up a bit by using an M35 pattern German helmet and a slightly softer looking wreath. This pattern was used until the end of the war in 1945. After March 1943, due to the increasing number of Allied bombings, it was also awarded to wounded civilians in air raids. It was awarded when the wound was the result of enemy hostile action, with an exception being for frostbite. It is impossible to know the exact numbers of wound badges awarded during the course of the Second World War due to the vast scale and countless individuals who were wounded or killed in the conflict.

The badge had three classes:
- Black (3rd class, representing Iron), for those wounded once or twice by hostile action (including air raids).
- Silver (2nd class) for being wounded three or four times.
- Gold (1st class, which could be awarded posthumously) for five or more times wounded.

The "progression" could be waived in the event of loss of a limb or eyesight; when such a severe wound occurred, the silver badge was awarded.

Badges were made of pressed steel, brass and zinc. All versions of the Wound Badge were worn on the lower left breast of the uniform or tunic. The badge was worn below all other awards on the left. It ranked lower than combat badges. There were 24 approved manufacturers of the Wound Badge. At first, the Wound Badge in Black was stamped from sheet brass, painted semi-matte black with a hollow reverse pin back attachment or of solid construction. From 1942, steel was used to make the badges. The Wound Badge in silver was made (before 1942) from silver-plated brass, and (after 1942) from lacquered zinc, and had a solid reverse with either a needle pin or a broad flat pin bar. The Wound Badge in Gold was a gilded version of the Wound Badge in Silver. In 1957, a revised version of the Wound Badge was authorised for wear; however, the previous type could still be worn if the swas were removed (for example by grinding).

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