Original German Navy / Kriegsmarine Heavy Artillery Gun Chief's Speciality Trade Badge (Sonderausbildung Abzeichen für Geschützführer-für Schwere Artillerie der Schiffe) - WW2, IN VERY NICE CONDITION - GOOD EMBROIDERED EXAMPLE, A RARE INSIGNIA
HISTORY OF THE INSIGNIA:
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. Enlisted ranks of Matrose up to and including Hauptgefreiter career insignia were generally embroidered on small round bases while NCO ranks of Maat up to and including Oberdeckoffizier career insignia were on larger, vertically oval bases and could come in embroidered or stamped alloy versions. Regulations dictated that the base color of the insignia was to match the color of the uniform it was worn on. Of Note: Rank designations were tied to the career the individual was assigned to and in this case the proper rank designation is Steuermann Maat. Physical description: the insignia consists of a roughly, 90mm tall, 70mm wide, vertically oval, navy blue wool base with a machine embroidered, vertical artillery shell with "flames" emanating from the top edge positioned above three chevrons all in bright red threads. The outer edge of the oval base is trimmed in machine stitched, narrow, white rayon reinforcement tape.