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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 logo embossed. 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

The German Coastal Artillery Badge

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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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  1. FAQ's
  2. Coastal Artillery Badge Anatomy
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. LDO manufacturing codes
  6. Construction materials
  7. Pins, hinges and other
  8. Perspective view
  9. Purchasing a WWII German badge

The soldier wore the badge on the uniform tunic. 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 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.


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.

WWII German Navy Coastal Artillery Badge

WWII German Navy Coastal Artillery Badge


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Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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