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I looked through a crate I got from my late aunt and found several things I want to share with you (at least the pics, smile):
 

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Very nice, thanks for sharing your treasures. I started collecting WW-II "accoutrements" over two years ago and have an armband identical to your yellow one.
 
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That silver disc is an ID disk like american dog tag. It looks like the disk came from the envelope in the thumbnail. The envelope reads wound badge black. that is what you get if you are nicked. Silver is for good size wounds and gold if you lose body parts.
 

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That silver disc is an ID disk like american dog tag. It looks like the disk came from the envelope in the thumbnail. The envelope reads wound badge black. that is what you get if you are nicked. Silver is for good size wounds and gold if you lose body parts.

I was told the black wound badge was awarded for your first wound. Silver if wounded in three or more engagements. Gold was usually awarded posthumously to the family when killed in action but I believe I was told it could also rarely be awarded to somebody who was wounded in enough separate engagements to justify additional recognition.

I have a wound badge in black and a wound badge in gold. I was given the badges by my father's cousin. The wound badge in black had been awarded to her father. However, I believe the wound badge in gold was likely awarded to my great grandmother when my grandfather was killed in action. I do know my dad's uncle, who survived the war, did not lose any body parts so I don't know what other explanation there would be for a wound badge in gold to be in the familie's possession.
 
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I was told the black wound badge was awarded for your first wound. Silver if wounded in three or more engagements. Gold was usually awarded posthumously to the family when killed in action but I believe I was told it could also rarely be awarded to somebody who was wounded in enough separate engagements to justify additional recognition.

I have a wound badge in black and a wound badge in gold. I was given the badges by my father's cousin. The wound badge in black had been awarded to her father. However, I believe the wound badge in gold was likely awarded to my great grandmother when my grandfather was killed in action. I do know my dad's uncle, who survived the war, did not lose any body parts so I don't know what other explanation there would be for a wound badge in gold to be in the familie's possession.
You are correct. Also what degree of wound can decide color. silver for losing hand,eye or foot. gold for five or more wounds or total blindness or severe brain injury.
 

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I looked through a crate I got from my late aunt and found several things I want to share with you (at least the pics, smile):

i can't tell you what to do. but, seeing the German dog tag still intact one could assume the soldier it belonged to might still be listed as M.I.A. you could photo copy the dog tag and send the copy to the German government so they might know what happened to that soldier.

just mu opinion.

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"i can't tell you what to do. but, seeing the German dog tag still intact one could assume the soldier it belonged to might still be listed as M.I.A. you could photo copy the dog tag and send the copy to the German government so they might know what happened to that soldier."

I think it's more likely that these are mementos of a soldier who survived the war. Possibly some relative of KH, since his aunt gave him the box?
 
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I also notice a reich labour service (RAD) unit sleeve insignia. Did a relative help build the autobahn? They marched with shovels. Soldiers in training to circumvent the treaty of Versailles. Also the dog tag unlike ours gets snapped in half when killed.
 

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"i can't tell you what to do. but, seeing the German dog tag still intact one could assume the soldier it belonged to might still be listed as M.I.A. you could photo copy the dog tag and send the copy to the German government so they might know what happened to that soldier."

I think it's more likely that these are mementos of a soldier who survived the war. Possibly some relative of KH, since his aunt gave him the box?
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Unfortunately this is a dog tag of the Reichsarbeitsdienst and my uncle got a new dog tag when he came from the Reichsarbeitsdienst to the army. He was killed in 1944. Of 8 male family members just my father and my grandfather survived the war.

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I also notice a reich labour service (RAD) unit sleeve insignia. Did a relative help build the autobahn? They marched with shovels. Soldiers in training to circumvent the treaty of Versailles. Also the dog tag unlike ours gets snapped in half when killed.
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Yes, my uncle was a little young when the war started. First he came to the Reichsarbeitsdienst, but I do not know if he "built" the Autobahn.

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Here is the German order regarding the Verwundetenabzeichen (wounded badge):

"Als Ehrung für diejenigen, die bei tapferem Einsatz ihrer Person für das Vaterland durch feindliche Waffeneinwirkung verwundet oder beschädigt wurden, stifte ich das Verwundeten-Abzeichen.

Artikel 1

(1) Das Verwundetenabzeichen wird in drei Stufen verliehen: in Schwarz für ein und zweimalige, in Silber für drei- und viermalige, in Gold für mehr als viermalige Verwundungen oder Beschädigungen.

(2) Frühere Verwundungen, für die bereits ein Verwundetenabzeichen verliehen wurde, werden für die Verleihung angerechnet.

Artikel 2

Das Verwundetenabzeichen ist das gleiche wie das des Heeres im Weltkriege. Der Stahlhelm tragt ein auf der Spitze stehendes Hakenkreuz.

Artikel 3

Das Verwundetenabzeichen wird auf der linken Brustseite getragen.

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Mit der Durchführung der Verordnung beauftrage ich den Chef des Oberkommandos der Wehrmacht in Verbindung mit dem Staatsminister und Chef der Präsidialkanzlei des Führers und Reichskanzlers.

Berlin, den 1. September 1939.

Der Führer

Adolf Hitler


Durchführungsbestimmungen vom 1. September 1939:

"1. Die Voraussetzungen für eine Verleihung sind nicht gegeben bei Krankheits- und Unfällen, auch wenn diese vor dem Feinde - jedoch ohne Einwirkung von feindlichen Kampfmittel - eintreten.

2. Mehrere gleichzeitig erlittene Verwundungen gelten als eine Verwundung.

3. Das silberne Abzeichen kann ohne Rücksicht auf die Zahl der Verwundungen verliehen werden, wenn die Verwundung zum Verlust einer Hand oder eines Fußes oder eines Auges führte, oder wenn sie völlige Taubheit oder an Taubheit grenzende Schwerhörigkeit zur Folge hatte. Es kann ferner verliehen werden an Hirnverletzte und solche Kriegsbeschädigte, die abstoßend wirkende Entstellungen des Gesichtes erlitten haben.

4. Das goldene Abzeichen kann ohne Rücksicht auf die Zahl der Verwundungen verliehen werden, wenn Verletzte als Folge von einer oder mehreren Verwundungen mehrere der in vorstehendem Absatz aufgeführte Merkmale aufweisen. Es kann ferner verliehen werden an Verletzte, die infolge der Einwirkung der Kampfmittel erblindet oder hirnverletzt sind und Pflegezulage empfangen.


It is stated that the Verwundetenabzeichen in black will be given for one or two injuries caused by the enemy,

in silver for three or four or a major injury, like the loss of a hand,

in gold for more than four injuries or very bad injuries.

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