Destroyer War Badge

Destroyer War Badge

Destroyer War Badge (Das Zerstörerkriegsabzeichen) is a German military decoration instituted on June 4, 1940 by admiral Erich Raeder and awarded to officers and crew for the service on Kriegsmarine destroyers (worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, or equivalent grade award). Required qualifications prior to October 10, 1940 included participation in the battles of Narvik, after — wound, participation in three enemy engagements or at least in 12 non-enemy sorties, ship sinking in action, outstanding performance or other heroic deeds. A cloth version of the Badge was issued for wear on the dark blue uniform. About 6,000 were awarded.

The Badge was also awarded to the crews of Kriegsmarine torpedo boats and fast attack craft until the institution of the Fast Attack Craft War Badge.

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