WWII German Kriegsmarine Blockade Runner Badge Set-This includes the full size and the miniature version of the Blockade Runner badge in the case. Instituted on April 1, 1941, the Blockade Runner badge was the only naval award that was bestowed equally between civilians and men of the Kriegsmarine. After August 13, 1943, Luftwaffe soldiers in Kriegsmarine military districts were also eligible. It was given in recognition of deeds performed by sailors bringing their ships through the British blockade and safely into port. The badge is produced in zinc. The design features the bow of a merchant ship snapping several links of a chain. The front of the bow has a large, stylized eagle with swastika. This, as well as the chain, is finished in a silver-white hue, while the rest of the badge features a battle gray finish. The finish remains nearly fully intact. The reverse, also finished in a smooth battle gray, features a functioning needle pin. The name of the designer, Otto Placzek and the manufacturers name, A.G.M.u.K. The miniature is identical with two exceptions…the size of course and the reverse is unmarked. One of the more handsome of all naval badges and in excellent condition overall!