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1957 West German parachute badges query
Old 11-04-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Dear Guys,

I have a question regarding these West German parachute badges.

First off, an Assmann with the hinge on one side:


Then, another Assmann with the hinge on the other side:


and finally, another Assmann with 4 prongs:


Do you think they are all genuine badges?

Are they officer or NCO badges? I heard that one is supposed to be silver, and the other a darker silver or bronze in colour.

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Old 11-05-2010, 04:29 AM   #2
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Hi,
these are beautiful original Abzeichren.
Intressant I find the two hinge types :-)
For the paratroopers of the armed forces there were and there is no difference in color for the officers or NCOs.
The badges can even be bought?

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Old 11-05-2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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Dear Kurt,

Yes, these badges can still be bought today, although they are not very cheap, but at a reasonable price.

Over the years, I managed to find several variants of it, but I was not sure if they are all genuine or not.

These three represent the three main types of badges that I have.

There is one by Steinhauer and Luck that I have not yet received, but when it arrives I will post a picture of it.
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:56 PM   #4
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Achern,

Interesting badges. Especially the onewith the four prongs. I doubt that it would have been worn on a uniform. Perhaps froma salesman's sample board?

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Old 11-06-2010, 01:17 AM   #5
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Hi Gordon,

I am not sure when the prongs were used on the badge, or whether it was actually used on a uniform.

But I have come across several of these badges, by both Assmann and S&L.

Also, there was another forum member who posted a picture of his badge with prongs too, some time back. Let me see if I can dig it up.
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:36 AM   #6
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Here is one, posted by Mike:

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...a+badge&page=4

and one more:

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...highlight=para
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