Original German WWII Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Enlisted Tunic with Badge
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an nice war used example of a WW2 German Army Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Enlisted (Seaman) tunic. This tunic is nearly untouched. The tunic itself is made of a medium weight field gray/green wool. The front closes with five green painted Kriegsmarine Navy Anchor painted buttons. The attractive Naval breast eagle stitched to the chest in a fashion typical of wartime German tailor work. The collar tabs are correct for the rank and machine applied.
The exterior of this tunic is clean, with good original wool nap, and showing only minor staining and fading. The cuffs feature hidden closure buttons. There are medal loops with an Original German WWII Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Badge by Friedrich Linden. This is a very nice example constructed of Zinc with exterior gilt wash on the surround, nicely marked on the reverse FLL 43.
The inside of this Navy tunic is fully lined with cotton, as is typical. The interior of the M36 style dark green badge cloth collar has button for affixing a collar bind which is also included. There are ink maker stamps on the interior.
Overall a fantastic condition Coastal Artillery Kriegsmarine Uniform tunic with an original badge that just by itself costs well over $400.
Approximate Jacket Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 9”
Shoulder to sleeve: 24”
Shoulder to shoulder: 18”
Chest width: 20”
Waist width: 19”
Hip width: 23”
Front length: 29"
The Naval Artillery War Badge or War Badge for the Coastal Artillery (German: Kriegsabzeichen für die Marineartillerie) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to the crews of Kriegsmarine land-based marine artillery and anti-aircraft units. It was presented to personnel of coastal defense units, and anti-aircraft units. The award was instituted on 24 June 1941 by Grand Admiral Erich Raeder to reward the actions of both individuals and crew members. It was also awarded to those killed in action in said units.
The medal was designed by Otto Placzek of Berlin. It consists of an outer laurel wreath of oak leaves with the German Eagle at the top, displaying "down-swept" wings while clutching a swas (both gold in color). The central area featured a coastal artillery gun with the sea behind (in grey color). The early war version were made of bronze and later nickel.Inferior quality late-war versions were made of "pot or monkey metal". The medal was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic.
Criteria for award
A crew could receive the award by achieving eight points:
- Two for downing an aircraft unassisted
- One for downing an aircraft assisted by another crew
- half a point for non-gun crew members, operating a searchlight, fire control, sound
locator or radio operator for aiding in the downing of aircraft
The badge was issued in a single degree only.
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