Luftwaffe Erdkampf Abzeigen ( Ground Combat Badge )
A nice example of the Luftwaffe Erdkampf Abzeigen. This Badge, commonly known as the Ground Combat Badge, was a German military decoration awarded during World War II. It was presented to members of the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) who had participated in ground combat actions, which means they were engaged in battles as ground troops in addition to their primary role in the Luftwaffe.
The Ground Combat Badge had several variations, but the basic design featured an oak leaf wreath with a Luftwaffe eagle at the top and a bayonet and hand grenade crossed at the bottom. The badge was typically made of silver or bronze, depending on the level of the award. The criteria for earning the badge varied, with different versions or clasps indicating different levels of combat experience.
The Ground Combat Badge was established to recognize the significant contribution of Luftwaffe personnel who were involved in ground combat activities, such as paratroopers, ground support units, or anti-aircraft gun crews who had to defend against ground attacks. It was a way to acknowledge the dual role these individuals played during the war.