World War 2 German medals, awards and badges are some of the most detailed and ornate of any in military history. The level of detail, consistency and quality demanded of WW2 Nazi Germany was unmatched for the time. Some of the most popular and well known German medals include the Iron Cross First Class, Iron Cross Second Class (aka. EKI, or EKII), War Merit Badge, Wound Badge, and the General Assault and Infantry Assault Badges. For decades after the war, Nazi Medals were some of the most collectible of WWII relics. For that reason, there were a great deal of fakes produced, making collecting authentic medals very challenging.
Here’s a nice Gold Grade Wound Badge in zinc. As with many zinc based badges, this one no longer shows any of the original gold wash, with the exception of the pin on the reverse. Since the pin is not zinc, the gold wash remains.
This is a very scarce Gold Type-4 Anti-partisan badge by C.E. Juncker with rare cut-outs for this type (typically seen without the oblong cut-outs beneath the snake’s heads), and a previously unknown “thin” version (more on this below).
An absolutely stunning example of a Silver Grade Wound Badge here by maker number “92”, Josef Ruckert & Sohn. This wound badge has managed to retain all of it’s original silver wash, which is somewhat rare since many of these badges were constructed using a zinc base metal…