Original German Navy KRIEGSMARINE / WW2 COASTAL ARTILLERY MOTOR COURSE III PERSONNEL'S SPECIALTY TRADE BADGE (Sonderausbildung Abzeichen für Motorenlehrgang III), NICE CONDITION - GOOD EMBROIDERED EXAMPLE, SIZE: cca 90 x 70 mm, RARE INSIGNIA
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
COASTAL ARTILLERY MOTOR COURSE III PERSONNEL'S SPECIALTY TRADE BADGE. ((Sonderausbildung Abzeichen für Motorenlehrgang III)) - 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. Also Of Note: Land based Kriegsmarine personnel, primarily Coastal Artillery units, were issued field-grey uniforms and were only entitled to wear a limited number of the specialty badges for a short period of time. Kriegsmarine personnel in field-grey uniforms wore their specialty badges on either blue/green or field-grey bases. Regulations repeatedly prohibited wear of the specialty badges on the field-grey uniforms but they were still worn in contradiction to orders. The insignia consists of a vertically oval, dark blue/green wool base with a machine embroidered, three bladed propeller position above a chevron in bright red cotton threads.