German WWII Cased Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge by Assmann-This handsome badge is just choice! It features a slightly toned finish that remains 100% intact (nickel on the eagle and frosted on the wreath). The eagle is firmly attached to the wreath. Gorgeous toning. There is a round barrel type hinge, round needle pin and a round wire catch, all functioning as intended. The back of the eagle is stamped with the maker mark for Assmann with the stylized A. It comes in its original blue leatherette case which has very minimal scuffing, and wear. Excellent condition. A beautiful example of this extremely high-quality badge!
History: The badge was officially adopted by the Luftwaffe on March 26th, 1936, by order of Hermann Göring.
The Pilot’s Badge was awarded on an individual basis to personnel who had successfully completed the appropriate theory and flight training and had achieved their pilot's license. As with other flyer’s specialty badges, a cloth version of the Pilot’s Badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse, with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCOs and a hand embroidered pattern for Officers.
The two-piece badge is in the form of a vertically oval wreath with a separate burnished silver finished, stylized, spread winged eagle in flight, clutching a swastika mounted on the wreath. The eagle is attached to the wreath by two small dome headed rivets which are visible to the reverse. The vertically oval wreath features embossed laurel leaves to the left side and oak-leaves to the right side.