E-boat Badge Late Version (Torpedo Boat War Badge)
The Torpedo Boat War Badge (E-boat) was issued in recognition of achievements of crews of German Torpedo boats while conducting attacks on enemy ships. The badge was also awarded to personnel killed in action.
This badge was created on May 30th, 1941. It was designed by Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin.
The conditions required to earn the badge include the execution of 12 missions.
The design of the badge consists of an oval wreath. An eagle has been placed in the upper portion of the oval. It has the wings spread out and the head faces left. The body of the eagle protrudes outside the bounds of the wreath. As with most badges, the eagle is clutching a swastika. Right below that is an image of the E-boat in motion. The front of the body shows one of the torpedo hatches with the cover opened. part of the main cabin is visible. The bow is cutting through the water. Three waves are adorning the side.
Normally the wreath and the eagle would be guilded, however, it is common for the color to wear out through normal use and time. The color turns into a shade of silver/gray.
The back of the badge is plain and has a flat shape to it. A vertical straight shape Pin is provided. It is Hinged at the top and has a catch at the opposite side that secures it in the closed position. The back also shows Manufacturing nomenclature which reads R.S. with raised letters.
The sailor would wear the badge by passing the pin through loops (two or more) sewn onto the jacket.
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