Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge

Date Instituted:

April 24th, 1941

Awarded To:

Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine for service on Auxiliary Cruisers orthe 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 wereawarded.


This badge was awarded almost exclusively in one version, the versionshown, although a higher grade was issuedconsisting of the same design but with a set of 15 diamonds in thebranches of the swastika at the top in placeof the normal swastika. Only two, possibly three such examples wereawarded.

Method of Wear:

Worn on the lower part of the left brest pocket of the naval servicetunic, underneath the Iron Cross Ist Class ifawarded, or equivalent grade award.
Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge
Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge