~ German WW2 Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet Badge By Adolf Bock ~
The reverse bears the manufacturers details in raised letters…
FEC. ADOLF BOCK AUSF. SCHWERIN. BERLIN
~ High Seas Fleet Badge ~
The High Seas Fleet Badge (German: Das Flottenkriegsabzeichen), also known as High Seas Fleet War Badge, was a World War II German military decoration awarded for service to the crews of the Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet, mainly of the battleships and cruisers, but also those ships that supported them operationally for which there was no other award given. Although the award was instituted in April 1941, it could be awarded for actions that took place prior to this date. It was “primarily in recognition of the sea struggle” against the British fleet.
The medal had an outer gold laurel wreath of oak leaves with the German Eagle at the top, while clutching a swastika. In the center was a “forward sailing battleship” in grey. The badge was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross, if awarded.
To be eligible to receive the badge one must have 12 weeks service on a battleship or cruiser, with proof of distinction and good conduct. The number of weeks were reduced if one of these conditions were met:
a) If the recipient was wounded or killed during the voyage.
b) Outstanding achievements in an naval engagement Individual’s ship was sunk in action. (Bismarck, Admiral Graf Spee, Blücher)
c) For participation in the sinking of HMS Rawalpindi by Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the sinking of two merchant vessels south of Jan Mayen by Deutschland
d) All crew members of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau received the award in view of the operational effectiveness of the ships
e) To every sailor who was present on the Tirpitz when it was bombed and sunk by the British R.A.F. in Tromsö Fjord on 12 November, 1944
~ Dimensions ~
The badge is 5.3 cm tall by 4.3 cm wide. It weighs 25.3g.
~ Condition ~
The badge is in good order with light overall tarnishing. The clasp works well.