ORIGINAL GERMAN NAVY / KRIEGSMARINE GUNNER-OBSERVER OF AUTOMATIC ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS SPECIALTY TRADE BADGE / SLEEVE INSIGNIA - WW2, IN VERY GOOD CONDITION - NICE EMBROIDERED EXAMPLE
HISTORY OF THE INSIGNIA:
GUNNER-OBSERVER OF AUTOMATIC ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS SPECIALTY TRADE BADGE (Flak-schüze/Flak Beobachter) - 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, with a few later additions 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. In all the Kriegsmarine utilized no fewer then thirty-one assorted specialist career badges. The 1940 pattern insignia consists of a roughly, 3 1/2" tall, 2 7/8" wide, vertically oval, blue wool base with a machine embroidered, vertical, winged, artillery shell with "flames" emanating from the top edge, in bright red cotton threads.