Produced in Italy by the G.Bregonzio factory in Milan in 1944 on behalf of the Oberkommando der Heeresgruppe C (the German military command on the Italian theatre of war) this is the Traditions badge of the 1st Fallschirmkorps led by Feldmarschall Albert Kesselring and intended to be worn as a cap device on the M43 Feldmutze.
Measuring just 26mm x 16mm and made of metal sheet in the shape of a stylized parachute, it is enamelled with the German national colours and has the classic safety pin typical of the Italian badges of the time.
The badge is in very good undamaged condition but with some surface rusting to the fitting pin. It is accompanied by its original glassine packet.
It is not known exactly how many of these badges were produced and distributed to the parachutists of I. Fallschirmkorps but they are rare and it is nice to find one with the original packet.
This badge is covered on page 135 of German Paratroops by Robert Kurtz
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