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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge

Date Instituted:

June 4th, 1940

Awarded To:

Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine for service on Destoyers (see notes below).

Required Qualifications:

Prior to 10.40:
  • Participation in the Battle of Narvik
After 10.40:
  • Individual was wounded in action, or
  • Individuals ship was sunk in action, or
  • Participation in three enemy engagements, or
  • Participation in 12 non-enemy sorties, or
  • For outstanding performance or heroic deeds

First Awarded:

Currently unknown

Number Awarded:

Currently unknown


This badge was awarded exclusively in one version, the version shown. A cloth version was also issued for wear on the dark blue uniform.

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.


Initially, the award of this medal was in recognition of the valarous service of German Destroyers during the Norwegian Campaign, and specifically in the Battle for Narvik. This medal was also awarded to officers and men of Kriegsmarine Torpedo Boats and Fast Attack Craft until the institution of the Fast Attack Craft War Badge in 1941.
Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge
Kriegsmarine Destroyer War Badge