Tuesday 4 September 2012

The Sniper’s Badge

The Sniper’s Badge - 3rd class, 2nd class, 1st class.
Instituted on 20th August 1944.
Rarity – Extremely rare, Extremely rare, Extremely rare.
Known Makers – Un-marked

The Sniper’s Badge was instituted on 20th August 1944. Initially it was intended for members of the Army only, to distinguish marksmen who were designated as snipers. But was later extended to all eligible snipers regardless of service. The basic badge was identical in each of the three classes. It was oval and the base material was army green cloth.  Onto this was embroidered a black eagles head rising out of two green oak leaves formed in a V with a smaller leaf beneath to the right and a single brown acorn to the left. The body of the eagle is crossed with white cotton to resemble fletching while the eye and beak were executed in yellow cotton. The lowest 3rd class was plain on the outer edge. The 2nd class had a silver twist cord and an oval gold twist cord distinguished the 1st class.
In Daily order No. 11, 4th November 1944, it was stated, “In order to stress the importance of snipers, to appreciate their achievements and to stimulate the efforts of beginners to fulfil the conditions for the award of the Sniper’s insignia, the following decorations and privileges are established”.

After 10 kills: 7 days special leave, Iron Cross 2nd class and mention in the divisional Daily Orders.

After 20 kills: Snipers Insignia 3rd class.

After 30 kills: 14 days special leave and mention in corps Daily Orders.

After 40 kills: snipers Insignia 2nd class.

After 50 kills: 20 days special leave, Iron Cross 1st class and mention in army Daily Orders.

After 60 kills: snipers Insignia 1st class.

After 70 kills: German Cross in Gold.

The badge was only awarded when no other award distinguished the skill. It was presented with a document and the details wee entered in the soldbuck. The badge was worn on the right sleeve positioned on the cuff above all other insignia. It was not authorised for wear on the great coat.

SS Sniper in action.

Dutch Waffen-SS Sniper.
The Sniper’s Badge - 3rd class, 2nd class, 1st class. 1957 Type.

The Sniper’s Badge - 1st class. 1957 Type.

This form is that which was authorised by regulation of 1957. It takes the design of the original, the Swastika was not a part of the design, with subtle differences. This has been offered as original by some Dealers. The statement is not untrue, but dose not take into account the Birthday of the pieces. Having said this, these are very rare items in their own right.

Possible 1957

The Sniper’s Badge - Fakes 3rd class, 1st class.

The Sniper’s Badge - Fake 1st class.

This is a convincing fake. The obverse is close, but the gold cord is of modern synthetic construction. The reverse clearly shows the imperfection, the netting is quite uncharacteristic of the reverse of an original.

The Sniper’s Badge - Fake 1st class. 
The Sniper’s Badge - Fake 1st class.
The Sniper’s Badge - Fake 2nd class.


Snipers Badge 1st class - Obverse - Fake - Bevo

Snipers Badge 1st class - Reverse - Fake - Bevo

Snipers Badge 2nd class - Obverse - Fantasy Piece.

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