Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-U-Boots Jagd und Sicherungsverbände (War Badge for Minesweeper, Sub Chasers and Escort Vehicles)-This was intended for award to the officers and men of the ships listed. Awarded for three or more operational sorties, an outstanding individual act of bravery, and several other criteria, the Minesweeper Badge was designed by the well-respected academically trained sculptor and commercial artist Otto Placzek. This particular example, in zinc, retains an amazing 85% of the gilt finish on its oak leaf wreath and national emblem. The finish to the central design of an exploding water funnel remains 95% intact. The reverse of the badge has a round needle pin with sheet metal hinge and round wire catch. It is maker marked R.S. for Rudolf Souval. A very interesting example is near excellent condition!