WWII GERMAN NAVY BADGE - COASTAL ARTILLERY -
the costal line represents a point of entry, via sea or air, into the mainland. This is a very strategic area
that has to be defended at all cost. No commanding officer can allow the enemy to establish a beach head
from where to land troops and equipment for an invasion. Hitler knew this and as a result he established
the coastal defenses.
This is a WWII Coastal Artillery badge. As issued during nazi germany. The design consisted of an oval
wreath with an eagle on the top portion. A tie in the lower section. The bottom of the oval has a
structure that goes from one end to the other and covers about 75% of the space inside the wreath. An
artillery piece comes out of the base at an angle. A portion of the tip of the artillery piece protrudes a
little outside of the oval.
The eagle has the wings retracted. Its head is facing to the left. The claws are clutching a Swastika. Of
Pin back construction. The pin is attached to one end
with a square hinge. The catch located at the other end is of a substantial thickness. The badges were
worn in combat so the suspension mechanism had to be strong to withstand the abuse.
the back of the badge has the manufacturer's
It reads S.H.u.Co., who was a well known manufacturer of Naval badges. Other samples may include
RZM markings as well. It is important to know
that not all badges were marked. Some of them may have a blank surface in the back.
The wreath and eagle are of gold color. over time and with normal wear, it is possible for the color to
fade away turning the entire badge into a shade of gray.
This badge was awarded for distinguished action in the maning of coastal artillery. The award was established
on June 24th, 1941. Given to personnel of all ranks who participated in battle or were killed in action.
More specifically, the recipient would have to accumulate a total of 8 points under the following rules.
Downing of an enemy aircraft by heavy, medium or light anti-aircraft fire.
| 2 points
Participating in the downing of an enemy aircraft by several anti-aircraft units.
| 1 point
Crews who successfully participated in the maning of search lights during a night raid.
| 1/2 points
Successful actions by staff personnel which contributed with the downing of an enemy aircraft.
| 2 points
Successful action by crew in the employment of Radar detection in pinpointing enemy aircraft positions
and communicating the information to the anti-aircraft defenses, which in turn downed an enemy aircraft.
This criteris did not apply to the Radar units attached to the heavy artillery.
| 2 points
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The soldier wore the badge on the
It was secured in place by passing the badge's pin through a series of loops, two or more, that
were sewn in the jacket.
The physical properties of a badge are a very important aspect to consider when determining
the authenticity of a badge. The information provided here covers the badge shown on this
page. It is important to note that there are variations among manufacturers.
This award is currently being
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and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
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|GERMAN NAVY COASTAL ARTILLERY BADGE VARIATIONS
The Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery badge was produced by several manufacturers and in different
configurations. It is a good idea for the collector to review as many badges as possible. This exercise enhances
your knowledge and ability to identify replicas. The following section displays some of the different
types that were manufactured.