Blockade Runner Badge

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Blockade Runner Badge
Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher
Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher.jpg
Designed by Otto Placzeck
Awarded by Nazi Germany
Type Badge
Eligibility Military and non-military personnel
Awarded for service on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to break through the British sea blockade of Germany
Campaign(s) World War II
Status Obsolete
Statistics
Established 1 April 1941

The Blockade Runner Badge or the Badge for Blockade Runners (German: Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher) was a World War II German military decoration awarded for service on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to break through the British sea blockade of Germany. It was instituted on 1 April 1941 upon the order of Adolf Hitler and first awarded on 1 July of the same year to Hugo Olendorff.[1]

Design[edit]

The badge was designed by Otto Placzeck in Berlin. It was in either tombac or zinc and featured a ship with a large German eagle grasping a swastika on its bow. Around the circumference of the badge is a chain, through which the ship is cutting through.[1] The eagle was silvered whilst the rest of the badge was a dark gray colour.

The badge was worn on the left breast pocket of the uniform. A smaller half-size version was awarded for use by civilians and members of the merchant marine.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Angolia 1987, p. 134.

References[edit]

  • Angolia, John (1987). For Führer and Fatherland: Military Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0912138149.