Item Id: AB23032
Wound Badge in Black 1939 With Envelope of Issue
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 2’nd 1939 pattern, constructed of ferrous sheet metal. Hollow backed badge with a black wash. The badge retains about 99% 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 comes with it’s paper envelope of issue. The envelope is maker marked to the reverse “Frank & Reif, Stuttgart”. The badge and envelope is in very good condition with light signs of age and use.
Super nice set!!