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Mine Clearance Service Sleeve Badge

Posted in Medallions & Badges, Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on September 19, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomI’ve always liked this badge, large size, interesting design that isn’t yet another lion or national symbol. These badges are heavily copied. Look for a crack on the obverse running top left to bottom right, as well as poor detail on the rear of the stamping.

At the end of the Great War, the Admiralty appointed an International Mine Clearance Committee on which 26 countries were represented. The Supreme War Council allotted each Power an area to clear, the largest falling to Great Britain. Some 40,000 square miles of sea needed clearing. In February 1919 a Mine Clearance Service was formed with special rates of pay and conditions of service. Members of the Service wore a specific metal cuff badge and cap tally. By the end of 1919 over 23,000 Allied and 70 German mines had been swept with the loss of half a dozen minesweepers.

Hitler Youth Golden Honour Badge

Posted in Insignia, Medallions & Badges with tags , , on December 19, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgA nicely executed badge, this is the Gold Honour Badge for HJ members. This example is marked to manufacturer M1/78 (Paulmann & Crone, Lüdenscheid). It also has the RZM mark, Ges-Gesch (protected design) and the owners issue number. The badge was awarded to members of the HJ or BDM who joined prior to Potsdam Day (October 2, 1932) and had five years continuous service.

BDM Proficiency Badge in Bronze

Posted in Insignia, Medallions & Badges with tags , , , on April 7, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the BDM Proficiency Badge in Bronze (Leistungsabzeichen). It was issued to members of the Bund Deutsche Madel who passed proficiency tests in nursing, political awareness and athleticism, within one year.

There were two grades, silver and bronze. They were numbered on the reverse unless it was a replacement badge in which case it had an A or B on the rear instead. This example has the RZM code M1/14 for the manufacturer Oeschsler & Sohn, Ansbach.

1935 Hitler Youth – DAF Tinnie

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , , , on March 15, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a day badge or “tinnie” as the hobbiests call them. This is for the “Reichs-Berufs-Wettkampf der Deutschen Jungend”. This roughly translates to “National Vocational Challenge of the German Youth” for 1935.

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Hitler Youth Membership Badge

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , on February 2, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the bog standard, garden variety Hitler Youth membership badge. This one is RZM stamped for M1/122, I. Deutschbein G.m.b.H., Euskirchen.

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Hitler Youth Silver Sports Badge

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , on February 2, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the Silver issue of the Leader’s Sports Badge for the Hitler Youth. It is RZM marked M1/34 for Karl Wurster of Mark Neukirchen. It is also serial numbered for 242065.

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Hitler Youth Ornament

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , , on October 30, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgI have to admit that I have no idea what this is. It could be part of something, an ornament of some kind, who knows. The transfer illustration of three HJ buglers caught my eye however so here it is. If you have a clue, ping me.

rsz_hjornament rsz_hjornament2Update: Ha, I knew I’d work this out. I was on the eBay and I saw this cigarette card from 1934, for the Martin Brinkmann brand. So at first I thought this appears to be a cigarette card that has been repurposed for this ornament.

Update Update: But then I realised the image on the cigarette card is actually subtly different to the one on the ornament. So it appears both manufacturers used existing art assets for these items. Beggared if I know.brinkmann