"Wound Badge, dated 20 July 1944 - First Award"


"The Wound Badge of July 20, 1944 in Black was awarded to those who were wounded in the failed plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler and overturn the Nazi regime. Including Hitler, there were 25 people in the Wolf’s Lair conference room in Rastenburg, East Prussia, when the bomb set by Col. Claus von Stauffenberg exploded. One officer was killed immediately, and three others died of their wounds later. Six other men were wounded. Hitler suffered damage to his ear drums. To commemorate the event, Hitler ordered the creation of a special wound badge in three grades. The version in black went to men who had not already received the standard wound badge. The badge in black was awarded to six men, including generals Wilhelm Keitel and Alfred Jodl. The first awards were made Aug. 20, 1944, just a month after the assassination attempt. The badge uses the standard wound badge design of a helmet with a swastika superimposed on crossed swords, inside a laurel wreath. In the field below the helmet is the date “20 Juli 1944” and Hitler’s signature, both highlighted. The reverse is fitted with a simple pin-back. Our high-quality reproduction measures slightly less than two inches tall."

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 01 September, 2010.

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