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Good morning GMIC members,

Just wanted to share my 1st Grunwald badge (1st type). Would be great if you guys could share some of your Grunwald badges. 

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Sov_Pha

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Here I have another nice example of a Grunwald badge. The nut shows the maker "Tłocznia Caritasu -Warszawa" Caritasu pressing plant - Warsaw. 

 

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There are several variants of this badge - tens of thousands (or even more) were awarded.

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If I were to compare the Grunwald badge to a military counterpart from another country, I would point to the U.S. Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), with the difference that unlike the latter, the Grunwald badge was not limited to infantry, but could be granted to other services as well. Still, the direct participation in combat was the necessary condition. Similarly, just like the CIB, which was normally not granted to the ranks above colonel, but could be conferred to a general on an honorary basis, the Grunwald badge could be bestowed upon generals, and in that case it was made of a silver rather than bronze metal, although that was never formally established, as far as I know.

The Grunwald badge was worn on the left pocket of the uniform.

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