G08503.6(HC) Ground Combat Badge of the Luftwaffe

G08503.6(HC) Ground Combat Badge of the Luftwaffe

The Ground Combat Badge of the Luftwaffe was instituted in 1942 to recognize the efforts of the Luftwaffe ground combat units. Like the equivalent army badges, the recipient had to take part in 3 separate actions on 3 separate days to qualify.

The design of the badge is a vertical oakleaf wreath tied at the bottom with a Luftwaffe eagle in flight at the top. Behind the eagle is a cloud that has a lightning bolt extending from it to the ground. The eagle and wreath were in matte silver (silvered pot metal).  The cloud and lightning bolt were darkened silver. On some higher quality badges, the eagle consisted of a separate stamped silver piece riveted over the eagle on the badge. The cloud and lightning bolt were frequently just painted dark gray.

Most badges were unmarked.

This is a very nice badge! It is the normally seen unmarked zinc construction, but with a separate silver eagle. The cloud and lightning bolt appear to e chemically darkened. The needle pin has a sheet metal hinge that is soldered to the badge. The catch consists of a wire soldered to a metal plate that was in turn soldered to the badge.

The badge is in excellent condition, exhibiting only very minor age.

This badge is part of a small grouping I bought at a local militaria / gun show.

Reference: "For Fuhrer and Fatherland, Military Awards of the Third Reich” by John R. Angolia, pages 209 through 213.

$325.00 Price:

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