This is a near mint condition original WWII German Wound Badge in Black. The matte black paint on this badge is in excellent condition and shows minimal wear. On the reverse, there is a maker's mark (100 - Rudolf Wachtler & Lange) located on the blade of the left sword. Working pin and catch. This is a nearly perfect example and would be difficult to upgrade from.
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.