Item Id: AB23018
1'st Pattern Wound Badge 1939
On May 22nd 1939 Adolf Hitler reinstituted a slightly modified version of the wound badge with the addition of a swastika to the WWI pattern badge for award to German volunteers who had been wounded supporting the Spanish Nationalist in the Spanish Civil War. (July 1936-March 1939). With the outbreak of WWII on September 1st 1939, Hitler once again re-instituted another slightly modified version of the wound badge by altering the WWI pattern helmet on the badge to the newly designed M35 style helmet. The black wound badge was the lowest of the three classes and was awarded for one or two wounds.
This is the 1’st 1939 pattern, constructed of higher quality non-ferrous sheet metal. Hollow backed badge with a black wash. The badge retains about 85% of its original black wash. The reverse of the badge is a mirror image of the obverse. Reverse has the hinge, pin and catch all intact. The badge is in good still used condition.
Scarce 1’st pattern wound badge in very good condition!!