Erinnerungsabzeichen für Besatzungen der Heeres-Luftschiffe

Army Airship Commemorative Badge

Army Airship Commemorative Badge was instituted on August 01, 1920 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 served on air airships for at least one year. This condition was waived in case of outstanding merits during the Great War as well as for ex-POWs and crews of airships destroyed by enemy fire.

Upon approval an award document was presented to veterans still on active service as well as to retired or reserve personnel.

The badge had a horizontal oval shape with an airship facing left superimposed on a green enameled wreath. The wreath was made of laurel leaves on its upper part and oak leaves on a lower one. Laurel part of a wreath was tied crosswise on its top by a ribbon that formed three semicircular arcs, two facing above and one beneath. Oak portion in its turn was tied with three ribbons.

Reverse of a badge was plain and had a horizontal pin with catching hook.

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

Army Airship Commemorative Badge was awarded to navy personnel on repeated occasions though its special version with an Imperial crown on top, i.e. Erinnerungsabzeichen für Besatzungen der Marine-Luftschiffe was instituted on the same date.

The badge was available for private purchase upon presentation of award document in 1920-1922.

Army Airship Commemorative Badge was made of silver or silvered bronze, its dimensions were 67-69 x 38-39 mm. Miniatures of this badge were manufactured as well.

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