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Original German WWII Cased Blockade Runner Badges by Schwerin of Berlin

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Original Items: Only One Available. Fantastic cased example of a fine quality Blockade Runner badges (Blockadebrecherabzeichen). The large badge is circular patinated and silvered tombac; the obverse with a large ship breaking through waves with a large eagle clutching a swastika on its stern, surrounded by a border of silvered chains being broken by the ship near the bottom; the reverse plain, with a vertical banjo style pinback with a barrel hinge and a flat wire catch; maker marked Schwerin, Berlin and marked by the designer Otto Placzek, Berlin on the reverse; measuring 1.92 inches (48.8 mm). Offered in  fine condition.

Also included is a miniature badge (unmarked, in patinated tombac), 26mm, in very good condition as well as a miniature stick pin also unmarked.

All three badges are offered in original case of issue. Extremely rare!

The Blockade Runner Badge or the Badge for Blockade Runners (German: Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher) was a World War II German military decoration awarded for service on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to break through the British sea blockade of Germany. It was instituted on 1 April 1941 upon the order of Adolf Hitler and first awarded on 1 July of the same year to Hugo Olendorff.


Design
The badge was designed by Otto Placzeck in Berlin. It was in either tombac or zinc and featured a ship with a large German eagle grasping a swastika on its bow. Around the circumference of the badge is a chain, through which the ship is cutting through. The eagle was silvered whilst the rest of the badge was a dark gray color.

The badge was worn on the left breast pocket of the uniform. A smaller half-size version was awarded for use by civilians and members of the merchant marine.

 

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