Original German WWII Silver Wound Badge in Packet by Rudolf Wächtler & Lange of Mittweida
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice maker marked silver wound badge by Mittweidaer Metallwarenfabrik (Metal Goods Factory) Rudolf Wächtler & Lange of Mittweida, complete with it's original maker marked packet. The badge itself is constructed out of a die struck, zinc-alloy base that has been silver washed. The oval badge depicts an embossed profile of a mobile swastika, 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 reverse is unmarked, as was common during later war production. The pin, cast hinge and pressed in catch are all intact and in well-working condition. The silver wash on this example is quite good, with more than 50% of the front intact. Most of these badges over time completely lose the wash and turn gray. The back is missing most of the wash, and may have been left bare when produced The badge measures 1.75 inches high by 1.5 inches wide. Overall this is an very good example.
It comes complete with an original 4" by 2 1/4" paper packet, which is marked with the award name on the front in German "Black Letter" type:
It also has the complete makers name marked on the back in the same font.
Rudolf Wächtler & Lange
The packet is in good shape, though it does show much folding in the past, and one side is worn through.
A very nice example, complete with packet, 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 swastika on the center of the World War One era helmet.
At the outbreak of war in September 1939 with Poland, Adolf Hitler 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. 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 Wound Badge Awards came in three different types of grades representing the amount , or severity, of wounds received. The first grade, the Black Wound Badge was awarded for 1 to 2 wounds received in combat. The Silver Grade was awarded for 3 to 4 wounds, and finally the Gold Grade for 5 or more wounds, total disability, or death.
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