GERMANY – BADGE – U BOOT – TWO-PIECE SCREW BACK – NAVY
The U-Boot Kriegsabzeichen (War Badge) was first authorized on 1 February 1918. It was awarded after the completion of two war patrols. Many sailors and officers did not receive or acquire the badge until AFTER the war. Many of the badges produced during the war’s closing months also were low-quality pieces. [PLEASE NOTE: During WW I, the Kaiserliche Marine only offered THIS badge in addition to an assortment of pilots’, observers’, and gunners’ flight badges for the various aircraft types flown by naval personnel. It was only during WW II that the Kriegsmarine offered a wide variety of qualification badges for every type of Navy ships, from submarines to S Boats (similar to the US Navy’s PT Boats) all the way up to battleships.
I am offering an entirely different type of U-Boot Badge today, however. Quite frankly, it is a variety that I have not ever seen before: a two-piece screwback U-Boot Badge. The badge itself measures 2″ x 2.” Instead of the usual horizontal or vertical pin for fastening the badge to its owner’s tunic, its back features a lovely design that was unscrewed from the badge proper. Its owner almost would have had to cut a hole into his tunic in order to attach the badge to it.
The badge’s obverse features an U-Boot in profile within a laurel leaf wreath. The wreath and U-Boot are topped by a Hohenzollern Crown. The badge’s reverse reveals that a female receptacle was installed onto it. The male portion is located on a decorative circular backing plate that screws down into the female receptacle. A small sharpened pin that helped steady the badge on the wearer’s tunic also appears on one point of the decoration’s reverse. Last of all is the manufacturer’s hallmark for Walter Schot. The badge is in a most pleasing condition, overall.
This is a superb badge and one of the rarest examples you will ever find.