Navy U-Boat War Badge (U-Boot Kreigabzeichen)

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Navy U-Boat War Badge (U-Boot Kreigabzeichen)- The U-Boat badge was introduced in October of 1939, and came in one version only: gold. They were presented by the submarine Commanders, and could be awarded to all Officer’s, NCO’s, and crewmembers who serve on submarines directed against the enemy. Qualification of the award was that an individual had to prove themselves on two or more sorties. If a wound was sustained during a sortie the Commander could waive the number requirement. Once awarded, it was to be worn, during duty or off duty hours, on the service jacket, blue and white jacket, mess jacket or pullover jacket. This one is a later zinc example, missing a majority of its original gilt finish. The reverse has a tapered, flat pin with a rugged block type hinge. The catch is square wire on a round base. It is maker marked L/56 indicating production by Funcke & Bruninghaus. A representative example and bargain priced!