Anti-Partisan Guerrilla Warfare Badges (Bandenkampfabzeichen)
Our next favorite submitted metal detecting find are these five Anti-Partisan Guerrilla Warfare Badges (Bandenkampfabzeichen), found by Boštjan.
He wrote: “Here is my favorite find with my Garrett metal detector. I was metal detecting on the place, where the German soldiers have surrendered to the partisans. I found a lot of staff, but this is the best! I found five BKA – Anti-Partisan Guerrilla Warfare Badge (Bandenkampfabzeichen). So this five BKA are my favorite find. Unfortunately, just only one is complete, others are broken. I hope you like my find :)”
Informations (Wikipedia.org): “Anti-Partisan Guerrilla Warfare Badge (German Bandenkampfabzeichen; literally: “Bandit-fight badge”) was a World War II decoration of Nazi Germany awarded to members of the Heer, Luftwaffe, Ordnungspolizei (Order Police), and Waffen-SS for participating in rear-area security operations. The badge was instituted on 30 January 1944 by Adolf Hitler after authorization/recommendation by Heinrich Himmler. Especially on the Eastern Front, the terms “partisan” and “bandit” were applied by the Nazi security apparatus to Jews, communists, Soviet state officials, Red Army stragglers, and any other persons deemed to pose a security risk. Rear-area security operations against armed irregular fighters (“pacification actions”) were often indistinguishable from massacres of civilians, accompanied by burning down villages, destroying crops, stealing livestock, deporting able-bodied population for slave labour to Germany and leaving parent-less children on their own.“
He is using a Garrett metal detector.
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