WWII GERMAN LUFTWAFFE FLAK BADGE -
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
Navy and the one featured in this page for the
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
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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
Some of the badges were stamped at the point of production. However, that did not occur in every
The award was worn on the cheat area of the
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
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
WWII German Badges and Awards
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.
| WWII GERMAN FLAK BADGE VARIATIONS
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.