Original German Navy KRIEGSMARINE TRADE BADGE SLEEVE INSIGNIA WW2, NICE CONDITION - NICE EMBROIDERED EXAMPLE (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INSIGNIA IS EMBROIDERED WITH RED THREAD BUT THE FLASH MADE IT A BIT GOLD ON THE PHOTO)
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
TECHNICAL COASTAL SEARCH LIGHT NCO'S SPECIALTY TRADE BADGE (Sonderausbildung Abzeichen für Technische Scheinwerferlehrgang Küste) - On entering Kriegsmarine service all personnel were assigned and trained for a specific career. These careers consisted of a wide variety of specialty trades and functions with some of the careers restricted to certain rank groups. On successful completion of the appropriate training, personnel were issued distinctive career insignia to be worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniforms. For EM/NCO’s the career insignia could be worn combined with the rank insignia or as separate insignia. Regulations dictated that the base color of the insignia was to match the color of the uniform it was worn on. Of Note: The Specialist career insignia for Junior NCO’s and EM’s was originally introduced in 1933 and was slightly different then the standard career insignia in that more in-depth training was required and the emblems were worked in red thread as opposed to the gilt metal, golden yellow or cornflower blue emblems of the standard career insignia. The Specialist career insignia was modified in 1940 and remained in use for the duration of the war. Of Note: The 1933 version of this insignia was utilized by Elektro-Maschinen-Lehrgänge III, (Electruc Motor Course III), personnel but was altered to Technische Scheinwerferlehrgang Küste, (Technical Coastal Searchlight), personnel in the 1940 version. The 1940 pattern insignia consists of a roughly, 3 1/2" tall, 2 3/4" wide, vertically oval, navy blue wool base with a machine embroidered, vertical, multi-cogged wheel with six internal spokes and a circular hub, with four serrated blitz arrows emanating from each side in bright red cotton threads.