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Collection Robert A. Niemann
WVM ID Number V2009.90.4
Object Name Badge, Military
Title Badge, Wound, Black, Germany
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
Event World War I
Description Badge, Black Wound. Hollow back design. Die struck, black enameled. Vertical oval with an embossed, high relief, profile of a M16 pattern helmet superimposed over crossed swords on a pebbled base encompassed by an embossed oval laurel leaf wreath. Round pin closure on reverse. No maker's mark.
History Owned by Robert A. Niemann, who served as an aerial observer pilot in the Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I before immigrating to Madison, Wisconsin in 1923.

Niemann was wounded on March 9, 1918 while on an artillery spotting mission. His plane was shot up by three Sopwith Camels, mortally wounding his observer, Lieutenant Luft, and hitting Niemann in the left side and in the right thigh.
Place of Origin Germany
Material Steel/ black enamel
Biographical Record Niemann, Robert A.
Subjects Luftstreitkräfte
World War I
Imperial German Army