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Military aviation underwent a large number of advancements during WWII. The invention of better engines, materials and engineering witnessed the birth of some of the most interesting aircraft in the history of war.

The new role enjoyed by aviation brought about changes to the way wars were fought. hundreads of aircraft took to the air at one time to perform bombing missions and fight one another in the skies. The troops in the ground saw the need to respond to the new threat from above by developing guns that could shoot very high and deliver an explosive round. The Anti-aircraft forces are born.

Hitler realized that fighting incoming aricraft from the ground was a tough assignment. As such, he wanted to create an award to recognize the troops that undertook this assignment. This came in the form of the anti-aircraft badge, also known as the Flak badge. one was issued to the Army, Navy and the one featured in this page for the Air force.

The design of the badge consists of an oval shaped wreath with a Luftwaffe eagle placed in the upper portion. The wreath branches meet in the lower portion to the left and right of a rectangular shape. Inside the wreath is the profile of the venerable 88 Anti-Aircraft gun. It is mounted on a base that shows the gears and mechanism required to change its angle.

The eagle is portrayed in flight. The wings are fully extended. It is flying to the right. A swastika is clutched with a single claw while the other claw is being held up in the air. The tail is facing down. This style is known as the "droop" tail eagle and it was employed in the early years of the Luftwaffe.

The German Luftwaffe Flak 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. Anti-Aircraft 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 back of the badge is flat and it features a Vertical pin which is hinged at the top with a catch soldered at the opposite end. The sample featured here does not have any manufacturer markings. Some of the badges were stamped at the point of production. However, that did not occur in every case.

The award was worn on the cheat area of the tunic . It was attached by running the pin through a series of loops (two or more) that were sewn to the jacket. The badge was worn during normal duties.

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 Luftwaffe Flak badge was produced by several manufacturers and in different configurations. It is a good idea to become familiarized with as many examples as possible of the badge of interest. This practice will enhance your experience and ability to detect a reproduction. The following section displays some of the different types that were manufactured.

Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge - This Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft badge is manufacturer marked W.H. in back. High quality construction.

Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge - This is an example of an Anti-Aircraft badge made of Zinc. This is a late-war type. Shows mateiral deterioration.

Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge - This example is a late war Zinc badge. The quality remains good. Little deterioration to the front. Pin-back type.

Luftwaffe Anti-Aircraft Badge - This example is a late war Zinc badge. The quality remains good. The pin is missing. No markings are found.


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.

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