WWII German Navy Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge, “Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer”-Scarce Unmarked example of a late-war strike in zinc, with a single rivet (well flattened) securing the globe and Viking long ship in place. This unique badge was instituted on 24 April 1941 by order of Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, with the design by Ernst Peekhaus. This example retains 80% of its original gilt finish on the eagle, wreath and the long ship, and the details remain crisp with hardly any visible wear. The nickel/silver finish on the globe remains mostly intact and handsome, complete with darkly burnished borders around the edges of the continents. The reverse is in very good condition, with 40% of the finish remaining except for on the hardware where it is nearly fully intact. There is a round needle pin with a sheet metal hinge. The catch is round wire, soldered onto a plate and then onto the badge. A very good example!