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Blockade Runner Badge

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Blockade Runner Badge
Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher
Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher.jpg
Designed by Otto Placzeck
Awarded forservice on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to break through the British sea blockade of Germany
Presented byNazi Germany
EligibilityMilitary and non-military personnel
Campaign(s)World War II
Established1 April 1941

The Blockade Runner Badge or the Badge for Blockade Runners (German: Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher) was a World War II German military decoration awarded for service on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to break through the British sea blockade of Germany. It was instituted on 1 April 1941 upon the order of Adolf Hitler and first awarded on 1 July of the same year to Hugo Olendorff.[1]


The badge was designed by Otto Placzeck in Berlin. It was in either tombac or zinc and featured a ship with a large German eagle grasping a swastika on its bow. Around the circumference of the badge is a chain, through which the ship is cutting through.[1] The eagle was silvered whilst the rest of the badge was a dark gray colour.

The badge was worn on the left breast pocket of the uniform. A smaller half-size version was awarded for use by civilians and members of the merchant marine.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Angolia 1987, p. 134.


  • Angolia, John (1987). For Führer and Fatherland: Military Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0912138149.
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