Blockade Runner Badge
|Blockade Runner Badge|
Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher
Designed by Otto Placzeck
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|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|
|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.
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. 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.
- Angolia 1987, p. 134.