German WWII Mine Sweeper’s Badge by Schwerin-This is a very handsome early example by Schwerin. There is some very slight wear to the finish but still in very sound condition. It is made of tombac material. It is marked both by the designer, Placzek, and the maker Schwerin. The pin assembly functions properly.
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.