WWII German Luftwaffe EM/NCO Cloth Paratroopers Badge
Item #: WR68
This is a German Luftwaffe EM/NCO cloth Paratroopers badge from World War II. The badge measures approximately 3" tall and 2 3/8" wide. The badge is constructed in an oval shape of Luftwaffe blue/grey wool construction base. A machine embroidered diving eagle, clutching a swastika in it's talons, of golden yellow cotton thread is centered on the wool base. The eagle is encompassed by a vertical oval wreath in silvery/gray cotton threads. The wreath feature laurel leaves on the right side and oak leaves on the left side. As a result of the observations of the Russian experimentation with the newly developed paratrooper personnel in 1928 the Germans began serious consideration of also developing paratrooper units. Plans were drawn up for formation of such units in late 1935. The Luftwaffe and Army eventually established paratrooper units, consisting of voluntary personnel, on 29 January, 1936 and 31 March 1937, respectively. A paratroop training school was established at Stendal in early 1937. The paratroopers qualification badge was instituted on 5 November, 1936 for award to Luftwaffe personnel who had written the required tests and completed six parachute jumps. Individuals who were awarded the badge were required to requalify annually in order to retain it. On 2 May, 1944, award of the badge was extended to include Luftwaffe medical, administrative and legal personnel who had passed the required tests and completed one jump. As with most other Luftwaffe qualification badges, a cloth version of the paratroopers badge was authorized for wear on the flight blouse with a machine embroidered pattern for EM/NCO's and a hand embroidered pattern for Officers. This badge is in near mint condition.
Your Price $190.00 USD
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