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WWII GERMAN BADGE - ARMY PARATROOPER 2nd PATTERN - The Army paratrooper badge was instituted on September 1st 1937 by the commander in chief of the German Army, Von Fritsch. This badge was offered to all members of the Army Parachutist group who accomplished five jumps and passed a qualification test. The offering came in a blue box with felt cover and gold letters on the top of the lid. This badge stopped being issued when the Parachutist troop's control was given to the air force. This badge is not considered to be a war time award. However, this piece is very hard to find and it is very expensive.

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ARMY PARATROOPER BADGE DESIGN
The badge is of two piece construction where the pieces are attached by rivets. The design consists of an oval wreath with an army eagle affixed to the top and the figure of a ring at the bottom section, which simulates holding the wreath together. A large diving eagle crosses the wreath at an angle from one side to the other.

The eagle at the top portion of the wreath has the wings retracted. It 's head is facing to the left. It is clutching a swastika.

Very nice detailing is applied to the leaves in the wreath. The plumeage on the diving eagle is also very well defined. The claws are in the open position.

The back of the badge has a vertical pin. The hinge is of barrel type. The catch is at the opposite side and is of wire type. There are no markings on the back of the badge. Some of them were produced with markings while others were not. The pin ends with a sharp point.

The Army paratrooper badges were produced in two patterns. As a general rule, the first pattern had a maker's mark in the back while the second pattern did not. Another difference was the construction of the talon of the diving eagle. The first pattern was cut-out and further away from the body of the eagle. The second pattern was not cutout and was placed closer to the body.

ARMY PARATROOPER BADGE REPLICAS
Due to the high cost of this badge and the fact that is currently being reproduced, it is important for the buyer to pay attention to the details of how the badge is constructed to minimize the risks of purchasing a fake. Some of the pointers that should be kept in mind when inspecting an Army Paratrooper badge include:

The rivets should be conical and very well defined. Replicas often have rivets that are flat, damaged or very sloppy. The rivets on this particular piece have spacers under them, not every piece has this characteristic.
The right type of hook is illustrated in the pictures below. the hook should be cleanly attached to the body of the badge. There should not be extra soldering or messy mounting.

THE PARATROOPER BADGE BOX DESIGN
The Army paratrooper badge issued during Nazi Germany came in a blue colored hard box. The skin covering the box has a leather texture. The lid has barrel type hinges. They are visible from the outside but cannot be seen when the box is opened because they are covered by material in the inside.

The inside of the lid is lined with a blue satin material and it is padded. The area where the badge rests is cut-out for perfect fit, which was a common feature of higher level badges. The surface is covered with dark blue felt. A golden colored latch and button secure the lid when shut.

The top of the lid is adorned with golden gothic letters that spell the words "Fallschirmchursen abgeichen".

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German badges and awards. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German badge worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the badges and awards is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German badges in the collector's market is illustrated.

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LATCH AND PIN
The latch and pin are also very important in determining the authenticity of a piece. The following pictures are a prime example of how they should look. Just like in the case of the hook, it is extremely important that the mounting to the body be very clean.

Special attention should be paid to the definition on the wings, the head and the claws of the eagle. The lines should be sharp and precise. Smooth and rounded contours may be an indication of forgery.





GERMAN WWII ARMY PARATROOPER BADGE VARIATIONS

The Army Fallschimjager badge was produced by several manufacturers and in different configurations. The following section displays some of the different types that were manufactured. It is a good idea for a collector to get acquainted with as many examples of a badge as possible. This experience enhances the nkowledge base on the topic.



Army Paratrooper Badge. vetical pin. Two piece construction. Manufacturer marked.



This award is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.



If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Badges and Awards identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.







PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for WWII German Combat badges and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.



Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $1,100.00 $1,600.00 $2,200.00 $2,800.00 $3,500.00 $
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A+ A+ A+ A+ A+


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