Wound Badge 3rd Class

Black - 3rd class, representing Iron - for those wounded once or twice by hostile action (including air raids), or frostbitten in the line of duty.

The Wound Badge - Verwundetenabzeichen - was a military decoration first promulgated by Kaiser Wilhelm II on 3 March 1918, which was awarded to wounded or frostbitten soldiers of the Imperial German Army, during World War I, the Reichswehr between the wars, and the Wehrmacht, SS and the auxiliary service organizations during the Second World War. After March 1943, due to the increasing number of Allied bombings, it was also awarded to injured civilians. It was ultimately one of the most common of all military decorations of Germany, yet also one of the most highly prized, since it was earned "as a mark of honour for all who have risked their lives for the Fatherland and have been wounded or maimed."

Type: Badge
Eligibility: Military personnel
Awarded: for wounds or frostbite whilst on active service
Campaign: World War I & World War II
Status: Obsolete

Statistics

Total awarded: 5 million awarded during World War II