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Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945

Kriegsabzeichen für Hilfskreuzer / War Badge for Auxiliary Cruisers

Date Instituted:
April 24th, 1941
Awarded To:
Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine for service on Auxiliary Cruisers or the supply ships that supported them.
Required Qualifications:
  • Individual made a long-distance voyage, or
  • Individual was wounded on a voyage, or
  • For outstanding leadership on a voyage
  • First Awarded:
    Currently unknown
    Number Awarded:
    Currently unknown, although it is likely that only a few hundred were awarded.
    This badge was awarded almost exclusively in one version, the version shown, although a higher grade was issued consisting of the same design but with a set of 15 diamonds in the branches of the swastika at the top in place of the normal swastika. Only two, possibly three such examples were awarded.
    Method of Wear:
    Worn on the lower part of the left brest pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the Iron Cross Ist Class if awarded, or equivalent grade award.

    Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge