Wound Badge WW1 (Verwundetenabzeichen)
History of award
Specs: The German Empire (1871-1918).Original German name Verwundetenabzeichen. Breastplate “For the wound” 3 degrees (“black wound”). Sign of William 2 (years of reign; 1888-1918 gg.) March 3, 1918.
German Imperial Armed Forces and German Imperial Armed Forces (German Imperial Army); 1914-1918 (one to two light wounds in total).
In addition to the badge for an injury of the 3rd degree (“black wound”), the silver badge for 2nd-degree injuries (persons who received three or four light injuries or one moderate injury), and the gold badge for 1st-degree injuries (persons who received five or more minor injuries or one serious wound). The gold badge could be handed posthumously to the family of a soldier who died from those wounds.
The medal came in slotted and non-slotted design. Miniature versions of the awards were also awarded.
The version for the Imperial Naval Forces of Germany (original name in German; Kaiserliche Marine) was for a 3rd-degree injury. Its insignia showed differences in the image of the anchor, crossed swords and anchor chain from the army award.
Material and manufacturing technique: brass, stamp, black paint, soldering.
Total sign size: 43 x 36 mm.
Description of the award: oval, monolithic structure, with a locking groove pad, a vertical fastening needle and a clip in the form of a “catching hook”.
Obverse: image of helmet M 16 (“Stahlhelm”; “Steel helmet”), against the background of crossed medieval swords with points pointed upward, framed by a laurel wreath of heroes-winners.