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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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A0081
Selling Price: $1385 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $8
MEGARARE FLAK UNIT MARKSMAN CORD W/4 FLAK ACORN SHELLS
HIGHEST LEVEL SILVER BULLION CORD 10TH GRADE & "MINT"!
Marvin was on the February 6th, "Black March" also called the "Starvation March" where for 86 days they were starved and marched some nearly 600 miles until liberated on April 26th, 1945. In fact, he was in the sick detachment when he fully names the man who died from pneumonia (in a diary that he also sold me).

Bright and impressive! Zero defects! The condition is MINT! Rarely does a bona fide, direct POW and Caterpillar pin lot come available, in its entirety. I met Marvin in 2007, while doing a living veteran's display here in the Salt Lake Valley. Purchased directly from the vet are the items in this lot, as well as several others in other auctions.

This offering comes with a 1000% guarantee of authenticity! Marvin was in KFG. D. Luft Stalag IV. Marvin was in the top turret of a B-24. He flew with the 464th Bomb Group, in the 776th Bomb Squadron and was shot down on 24 August, 1944.

Stretched lengthwise it is 17.5 inches long, and has NO defects. Marvin told me that there was a special Herman Goering named unit tasked with holding them in the final days and they looted the guard's barracks upon their liberation on April 26th, 1945.

As to the details of history on this item: Luftwaffe "Schutzen Abzeichen" Marksmanship Lanyard, 1st level of fliegerblau colored wool and bullion. This marksmanship lanyard was instituted in 1936 to recognize an individual's skill with the FLAK (artillery shells instead of acorns. This was worn by all enlisted ranks. It is one of several that I purchased directly from a vet. It was not worn in the field, but was intended for parade and walking out purposes only. Worn on the right shoulder suspended from a button beneath the shoulder board with the other end attached at the second buttonhole on the tunic. There were twelve levels of marksmanship that could be achieved.

The 1st level for the Luftwaffe through the 4th had just a darker Luft blue/gray cord and then 1, 2 or 3 aluminum artillery shells for each subsequent level.

The 5th to 8th level awards incorporated a mostly silver braided cord & silver badge with a larger wreath and 1, 2 or 3 aluminum artillery shells for weach subsequent level. THERE WAS NEVER ANY 4 artillery shells present on any cord - the 4th shell meant you went to the next color cord - like the 5th award of an oak leaf on US valor medals was silver. Same idea.

The 9th to 12th level badges had a gold gilt badge with gold threads woven into the roping and 1, 2 or 3 gold artillery shells for each subsequent level - same as on the previous color and shell schemes.

However, this particular award with 4 shells, is felt by some experts to actually be a 9th Grade award (the unauthorized 4th Shell) as there may not have been aby Gold cords available. In any regard, it is RARE! You can see the shells are ALL originally woven into the cord, none are added - it is a FACTORY ISSUE ITEM in this UNAUTHORIZED version. How WOW is that?

Constructed from a thick dark gray cotton cord with matte aluminum wire woven in a "herringbone" weave with a matte gray aluminum shield for the 1st level featuring a Luftwaffe eagle encircled with an oak leaf wreath. The loop on the top that was used to attach the lanyard to the tunic.

The shield is backed with a thin piece of fliegerblau colored wool.

Guaranteed forever as original!

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