Tuesday, July 30, 2013
German Blockade-Runner Badges-- Part 1
From Military Wanted.com.
Besides never hearing about German blockade-runners like the Odenwald, I found out that those on the ships might be in line to receive a badge from the government for their efforts.
According to the Military Wanted site, this badge was issued by the Third Reich to merchant seamen and kriegsmarine sailors who braved the British blockade in the North Sea and France. They were designed by Latz Placzyk and featured a silver frosted eagle clutching a swastika on the prow of a blockade-runner shown breaking through a chain representing the blockade.
It is considered to be very rare. And, of course, very expensive.
Stuff I Didn't Know. --GreGen