German WWII Kriegsmarine Mine Sweeper Badge-This is a very handsome early example. This one has lost all its finish but the details on this badge really stand out, even without the finish. Some silver remains on the high points of the wave. It is made of a tombac. The pin assembly functions properly. Desirable example.
History: Instituted on 31 August 1940 by Supreme Commander Erich Raeder. This medal was awarded to Kriegsmarine members for service on mine sweeper vessels, sub chasers or escort vessels. Some example that the award could derive from: The candidate had completed at least three operational sorties, was wounded during an operational sortie, the ship he was sailing in an operation was sunk due to enemy action, participated in a specific sortie that proved very successful, had shown exemplary conduct in the execution of his duties over a six-month period, completed a specially dangerous mission in a mined area or served on escort duty for 25 days or more.