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German WWII Zinc, Black Wound Badge, Uniform Removed, 11th Armored Veteran Bringback

This item is listed for historical interest only. It was listed on our site previously but has been sold and is no longer available for purchase.
Sold for: $75.00
Item #43571

Original era manufacture. This item was brought home from WWII by PFC R.D. Reynolds, who served with the 11th Armored Division in Europe.

The 11th Armored Division (Thunderbolt) landed in France in December 1944, and was rushed east to contend with the German offensive in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. In early 1945 they crossed the Rhine at Oppenheim, continued through southern Germany, and ended the war on the outskirts of Linz Austria where the tanks of the 11th AD met up with the advancing Red Army.

During the European operations, the 11th Armored suffered the loss of 2, 877 casualties, killed, wounded and missing.   

German WWII Black Wound Badge of zinc construction, missing its pin, hinge and catch. However this happened during wear by the German soldier. He punched a hole in the edge top and bottom, then sewed the badge to his uniform, making it much more secure for service wear.

It still retains fragments of the feldgrau thread which held the badge to his tunic.

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