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Abzeichen Für Blockadebrecher / Kriegsmarine Badge for Blockade Runners


Date Instituted:

April 1st, 1941

Awarded To:

Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine or Handlesmarine for service on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to breakthrough the British sea blockade of Germany.

Required Qualifications:

  • Distinction and good conduct, and
  • Run a blockade and dock in a German port, or
  • Service on a ship lost to enemy action, or
  • To be wounded during an action at sea, or
  • Scuttle a ship to avoid its capture, or
  • For sinking an enemy ship in action, or
  • Otherwise prevent the taking a German ship.

First Awarded:

July 1st, 1941

Number Awarded:

Currently unknown.

Grades/Variations:

This badge was awarded exclusively in one version, the version shown, although a smaller half-size version was awarded for use by civilians and members of the merchant marine.

Method of Wear:

Worn on the lower part of the left brest, under the Iron Cross Ist Class if issued. Civilians and merchant men wore a half-size lapel version.

Notes:

This award could be presented to individuals on ships allied to Germany following the above guidelines as well.
Kriegsmarine Badge for Blockade Runners
Kriegsmarine Badge for Blockade Runners