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Frontflugspange für Transportflieger in Silber

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the Front Flying Clasp in Silver for Transport aircrew. The Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe (German: Frontflugspange) was awarded in Bronze, Silver, and Gold with upgrade possible to include diamonds. Pennants suspended from the clasp indicated the number of missions obtained in a given type of aircraft.

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Ärmelschild Narvik

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgNarvik Shield is a German military award instituted on August 19, 1940, and authorized for all German forces that took part in the battles of Narvik between April 9 and June 9 of the same year. The shield was worn on the left arm of the uniform as described above. Each recipient was presented with 3 copies, and had the ability to purchase additional copies by producing the award document. The award was hollow backed and stamped from sheet metal which was usually zinc, although a few early examples were made in brass. The shield was awarded in three versions, two silver versions and a gold version. Each version was issued on cloth backing for attachment to the uniform. The gold tinted shield was issued to members of the Kriegsmarine. The Kriegsmarine shield was issued on blue cloth backing. The two remaining versions of the Narvik Shield were for issue to members of the Luftwaffe and Heer. The Luftwaffe and Heer version were both silver, with the Luftwaffe version being issued on gray-blue cloth backing and the Heer version on field-gray cloth backing. Other than color and cloth backing, all three designs of the shield were exactly alike.

This one is Heer issue and is manufactured by Arno Ballpach, Salzburg. Or so one thinks until you learn the word Floch. This is probably a known fake, manufactured by Floch. The paper backing is the giveaway along with the blunt eagle and the small “4”. There were only three manufacturers of these badges and Arno Ballpach was not one of them. You know buggered if I know. I will mark it as a repro and not lose any sleep over it. Here’s a similar one being sold as real.

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Ärmelschild Demjansk #2

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my second Demjansk Arm Shield. This one still has its back plate and is visually identical to the other except a little more “there”. The “J” is the heavy serif type which makes me think it is a reproduction.

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Ärmelschild Demjansk #1

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgDemyansk Shield (German: Ärmelschild Demjansk) is a German military award instituted on April 25, 1943 to commemorate troops who fought in the Demyansk pocket. Requirements for Heer and auxiliary units included honorable service in the besieged area for 60 days or wound or frostbite in the besieged area, for Luftwaffe — 50 combat or supply missions over the besieged and surrounding area. The shield was die struck and produced in silver-washed zinc and later in plain zinc. Two variations of the aircraft’s propeller under the swords exist, as some shields show it curved while others show it straight.

The shield was authorized by Adolf Hitler and was to be worn on the upper sleeve of the left shoulder of uniform. For civil clothes the version of a pin-like shield has been stipulated. The award ceased to be presented on April 1 or July 4, 1944. Each recipient was entitled to five copies of the shield, and in case of death, a single shield and an entitlement certificate was presented to the next of kin. It is estimated that over 100,000 Demyansk shields were presented.

This one has lost its backing and is made from what appears to be a washed zinc.

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Nahkampfspange in Silver

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand to hand fighting in close quarters. The Close Combat Clasp was worn above the upper left uniform pocket. The clasp was die-cast and made of either tombac or later zinc, with a slightly curved  centerpiece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade.

The bronze issue was for 15 actions, the silver issue was for 30.

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Afrika Korps Ärmelstreifen

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis arm band, was issued to all members of Panzer-Armee Afrika or the ‘Afrika-Korps’. This makes it a unit entitlement rather than a campaign distinction like the “Afrika” ärmelstreifen I have listed below somewhere. It was work on the right sleeve rather than the left sleeve like the campaign ones.

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Frontflugspange für Aufklärer in Gold

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe (German: Frontflugspange) was awarded in Bronze, Silver, and Gold with upgrade possible to include diamonds. Pennants suspended from the clasp indicated the number of missions obtained in a given type of aircraft.

This example is in Gold (requiring more than 110 missions) for reconnaissance aircraft.

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