WWII German Navy Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge- Navy Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, “Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer” Unmarked example of a late-war strike in zinc, with a single rivet (well flattened) securing the globe and Viking long ship in place. This unique badge was instituted on 24 April 1941 by order of Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, with the design by Ernst Peekhaus. This example retains approximately 30% of its original gilt finish on the eagle, wreath and the long ship, and the details remain crisp with hardly any visible wear. The nickel/silver finish on the globe remains intact and handsome, complete with darkly burnished borders around the edges of the continents. The reverse is in very good condition, though also with no finish remaining except for on the hardware. The flat surfaced pin has a long (slightly stretched), thin neck and waist that then flairs gently only as it nears the catch (rather than at the center point). Quite sound example!