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It was attached to the uniform using the cloth backing issued with each shield. The cloth backing colour was determined by unit:
- Silver shield on field-gray for Heer (army)
- Silver shield on gray-blue for Luftwaffe (air force)
- Gilded shield on dark blue for Kriegsmarine (navy)
For the total 8,577 shields presented:
- Heer: total 2,755 (posthumous - 96);
- Luftwaffe: total 2,161 (flying crew – 1,309, paratroopers - 756, posthumous – 410);
- Kriegsmarine: 3,661 (destroyer crews - 2,672, other – 115, posthumous – 410), merchant navy - 442 (posthumous - 22).