High Seas Fleet Badge by Richard Sieper und Söhne (and sons) RS & S Flottenkriegsabzeichen der Kriegsmarine
This war badge like many in the German Navy series is from its design self explanatory, as the main centre piece of the badge is a capital war ship coming straight on at you. This striking design was created by the well known artist Adolf Bock of Berlin and the design was approved and adopted in 1941 by the then Grand Admiral Raeder, Commander in Chief of the German Navy. Although the award was instituted in 1941, awards could be rendered in retrospect of service from the beginning of World War II.
The main design as stated earlier, centres on a war ship breaking through the waves and heading straight for you! The war ship is encompassed with an oval gilt wreath with the Navy spread eagle to the top holding the swastika. So far only one type seen (french style) has had a top hook and horizontal pin wih the rest being of the usual vertical hinge and hook configuration, with for the most part being separately applied to the badge.
The award criteria was open to crew members of both battleships and cruisers who had served aboard a ship for 12 weeks at sea. This period of sea service could be reduced if the recipient was wounded in action, or their mission/exploits were an outstanding naval achievement for which they may also have won a decoration such as the Iron cross 2nd class.
To date we have seen the following makers marks to the badges with the best quality awards being manufactured by the Firm of Schwerin Berlin.