Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Silver

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis badge has its roots in the drastic developments that motorized warfare underwent in the years prior to World War II, and the fact that highly mobile forces became of vital strategic importance in the success of the Wehrmacht (and all armies involved in the war). The badge was created to recognize both civilian and military drivers who distinguished themselves during combat and who took exceptional care in maintaining their vehicles under the most harsh of conditions. The “Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen” was instituted in three grades (Bronze, Silver, Gold) on the 23rd of October 1942 and was made retroactive to 01.12.1940.

This particular example is the silver grade although the original silver wash has almost entirely disappeared. It’s also missing its cloth backing.

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