German WWII Kriegsmarine (Navy) Second Pattern “Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen (E-Boat Badge) by Scherwin

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German WWII Kriegsmarine (Navy) Second Pattern “Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen (E-Boat Badge) by Scherwin-Just like the first pattern, this exclusive badge was given for meritorious service aboard the infamous “S” boats that saw service from the English Channel to the Mediterranean Sea. Specifically, the qualifications were 1) twelve sorties against enemy vessels or installations; 2) an uncommonly successful mission; 3) being wounded while engaged with the enemy; 4) displaying outstanding leadership in the face of the enemy. Introduced in January 1943, this replaced the first pattern although the earlier badge continued to be worn by some of its recipients. It is slightly larger overall than the first pattern, and the bow of the boat extends beyond the edge of the wreath. It also has a flat back, unlike the scooped reverse of the first pattern. This example is produced in zinc, and the gilt finish is mostly missing. The silver finish on the boat can be seem in the lower details of the waves. It features a horizontally mounted, lightly tapered pin that functions as intended. There is a block type hinge. The flat wire catch is soldered to a round base, then attached to the badge. There is a top hook which is a round wire soldered directly onto the back of the badge. In raised relief, just below the attachment pin, is the maker’s name (Scherwin) and designers name (Peekhaus). A very good example!