Kriegsmarine Second Pattern E-Boat Badge by “R.S.”. Nice looking zinc-based Kriegsmarine Second Pattern E-Boat Badge by “R.S.” Rudolf Souval of Vienna.
The Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen – Fast Attack Boat War Badge, also called the S-Boat Badge (from the German “Schnellboot,” fast attack boat) or the E-Boat Badge (from the Allied designation for the S-Boats) was an award of the German Kriegsmarine, instituted by its commander Grossadmiral Erich Raeder on May 30, 1941. The badge was intended for wear by crews of the E-Boats and was to be awarded by the captain of the boat. E-Boat crew members who had been killed in action were also eligible for the award. To earn the badge, an E-Boat crew member had to participate in 12 missions, participate in a particularly successful mission, have an exceptional personal achievement during a mission, be on a boat sunk by enemy action, or be killed or wounded on a mission. It was also allowed that former E-Boat crews who had been awarded the Destroyer Badge for their E-Boat service, could also be awarded the E-Boat Badge. In 1943, wear of this badge was also granted to sailors who had served on eight specific ships in the battle for Norway. In the same year, the design of the badge was changed, with the depiction of the E-Boat being updated with a longer, newer boat style and the badge itself being larger. There was a version of the E-Boat Badge with diamonds, awarded eight times to Kriegsmarine personnel who had earned the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves. LH11097