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Kampfwagen-Erinnerungsabzeichen, a.k.a. Kampfwagenabzeichen, Erinnerungsabzeichen für die ehemaligen Besatzungen deutscher Kampfwagen

Tank Crew Commemorative Badge

Tank Crew Commemorative Badge was instituted on July 13, 1921 by Reichswehrminister Otto Karl Geßler (06.02.1875 – 24.03.1955) and not being an award was available for private purchase by veterans.

The badge was awarded to military personnel regardless of rank who participated in at least three combat actions as crew members of German and captured Entente tanks or were wounded in action. Upon approval an award document was issued to the Great War veterans still on active service as well as to retired or reserve personnel.

The badge had a vertical oval shape bordered with a wreath made of two branches, oak at the left and laurel at the right. The wreath was tied at its bottom by a ribbon. Upper part of the badge was topped by a “Totenkopf”, i.e. skull and crossed bones of so-called Brunswick type.

An image of a German tank A7V moving westwards through barbed wire entanglement was situated in the middle of the badge. Three stick grenades are seen exploding above the hull.

Reverse of a badge had a horizontal pin with catching hook, no period originals are known with a screw back fitting.

The badge was worn just below left breast pocket of a tunic.

Tank Crew Commemorative Badge was made of silver or silvered bronze.

Only 99 badges were totally awarded that makes this decoration one of the rarest commemorative pieces from the Weimar-era.

Kampfwagen Plate 1