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This section of the website provides a list of some of the most commonly asked questions regarding German WWII badges and awards. The answers cover multiple aspects of German badge and awards history.

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I have come into possession of German badge/award. how much is it worth? The value of a badge or award depends on several factors. Unfortunatelly there are a large number of replicas in the market. The first step is to determine if the badge is real or not. If the badge is original the next important things to consider are the condition and rarity of the item. The better the condition the more likely the value will increase.

To view different examples and price guides for German badges and awards you can visit our German badges collection site.

I have searched all over the place and I cannot find a badge/award that matches mine. Why? The Germans manufactured a large number of different variations of military badges and awards during WWII. It is not likely that a single source will have the information on every item that was produced.

It is possible that the item you have is not a military badge or award. The Germans made a multitude of items, such as tinnies, that may look like a badge but instead is meant for civilian use.

We have several examples of military badges and awards on display in our German badges and awards page. Check that area and see if you can find it.

The badge is rusty and/or dirty. how can I clean it? We recomend that you do not clean the badges. You may cause damage to it if it is cleaned improperly. You are better off leaving the item alone.

How can I tell the material of construction for my badge? Most of the badges were produced from the following materials : Aluminum, Iron, Zinc and Tombac. Experience helps you identify the construction.

Additional information about the materials can be found in the construction materials section of this website.

How can I tell if my badge/award is original? Determining the authenticity of German badges and awards can be a dificult activity. There are a large number of reproductions available in the market. In some cases they have been produced since right after the war. so you can have a reproduction that is almost as old as the original item.

It takes experience to determine if the badge is real. We offer a section dedicated to identifying fakes and reproductions for many different military items. This section will give you some basic pointers that might help you determine the truth. However, it does not cover every single possibility.

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