Fast Attack Craft War Badge
|Fast Attack Craft War Badge
design by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|Awarded for||service on fast attack craft or torpedo boats|
|Campaign||World War II|
|Established||30 May 1941|
The Fast Attack Craft War Badge or S-Boat War Badge (German: Das Schnellbootkriegsabzeichen) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to members of the Kriegsmarine for service on fast attack craft or torpedo boats. It was worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic, underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, or equivalent grade award. Requirements included an outstandingly successful sortie, wounds in action, 12 sorties against enemy vessels or installations, or outstanding leadership.
The badge was produced in two versions: the first, instituted on 30 May 1941; the second in January 1943. Both were designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin. A third exclusive version with nine diamonds replacing the solid bars of the swastika at the top, also exists, but only eight are known to have been awarded. The criteria for this award were:
- To engage in 12 engagements against the enemy;
- For a particularly successful mission or being killed in action;
- Special circumstances of being wounded or surviving being sunk by the enemy;
- To have performed a heroic action in which no other award was given.
Recipients of Fast Attack Craft war Badge with Diamonds
- Kapitänleutnant Werner Töniges on 16 December 1942
- Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Wuppermann on 14 April 1943
- Korvettenkapitän Friedrich Kemnade on 27 May 1943
- Korvettenkapitän Georg Christiansen on 13 November 1943
- Korvettenkapitän Bernd-Georg Klug on 1 January 1944
- Korvettenkapitän Klaus Feldt on 1 January 1944
- Kapitän zur See Rudolf Petersen on 13 June 1944
- Kapitänleutnant Götz Freiherr von Mirbach on 14 June 1944
- Klietmann, Kurt-Gerhard (1981). Auszeichnungen des Deutschen Reiches. 1936–1945. Motorbuch, Stuttgart. ISBN 3-87943-689-4.
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