Excellent original WWII German Black Wound Badge here with almost all of it's original black paint remaining and only minor surface rust which is visible in photos. Maker marked "4" to the reverse (to the left of the symbol) which is the maker number of Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdenscheid. Working pin and catch.
The Wound Badge (German: Verwundetenabzeichen) was a German military decoration first promulgated by Wilhelm II, German Emperor on 3 March 1918, which was awarded to soldiers of the German Army who were wounded during World War I. Between the world wars, it was awarded to members of the German armed forces who fought on the Nationalist side of the Spanish Civil War, 1938–39, and received combat related wounds. It was awarded to members in the Reichswehr, the Wehrmacht, SS and the auxiliary service organizations during World War II. After March 1943, due to the increasing number of Allied bombings, it was also awarded to civilians wounded in air raids.