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Original German WWII Military Issue Maritime Blockade Runner Badge

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Original Items: Only One Available. This is a textbook example of a fine quality Blockade Runner badge (Blockadebrecherabzeichen) in circular patinated and silvered tombac alloy. The obverse shows a large ship breaking through waves with a large Reichsadler eagle clutching a swas (hook cross) on its stern, surrounded by a border of silvered chains being broken by the ship near the bottom. The reverse is plain, with a barrel hinge attached pin, retained by a bent round wire catch. It measures approximately 1.92 inches (48.8 mm) across.

The badge is offered in very good condition, with little sign of wear. As with many examples, the silver wash is now well patinated, having turned almost black due to oxidation. There are areas where the base metal shows through due to loss of the plating. There is no maker mark, but that is not uncommon during the later war period.

A very nice example, with a fully functional pin and a great patina!

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 AH and first awarded on 1 July of the same year to Hugo Olendorff.

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 swas (hook cross) 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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