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Narvik Schild 1940

A Narvik Schild in silver, mounted on a bluegrey Luftwaffe cloth backing. The Narvik shield was awarded to all personnel, who took part in the batte for Narvik between 9th April and 10th June 1940. The shield was produced in silver finish for Heer and Luftwaffe, and in a gold finish for the Kriegsmarine, each with its own appropriate backing cloth. Shields were initially produced in pressed iron with a silver or gold finish, later in Zinc. The award for initatiated on 13th August 1940 by order of Hitler, and the first recipient was Generaloberst Dietl on 15.3.1941, the commander of the Gebirgstruppe. By mid 1941 most awards had been bestowed, in all:
Heer: 2755
Luftwaffe 2161
Marine: 3661
The Narvik shield, as most others, is frequently copied. Caution is recommended with examples with too new paper backings. The original series had more of a type of felt behind the cloth backing.
(photo by D.Niemann,Hamburg)

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Further example of a Narvik Schild. This one is made of Zink and has a fieldgrey cloth backing, which has some bad moth damage, has been worn and much of the original finish has turned greyish with age.
The other decoration is the Sudentand Medal of 1.10.1938 with the Prager Spange (Prague Bar) and still retains the original pin fitting, with which these were issued. Apparently unworn and mint.

Last item on right is an original unmounted example of a Luftwaffe cloth backing for a Narvik Schild.
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And now here is a nice example of an original Narvik Shield, which I've had for quite some time. It has a rather motheaten army fieldgrey backing. The shield is of Zinc.

 

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