Colonial Order (Elephant Badge)

Discussions on all aspects of the German Colonies and Overseas Expeditions. Hosted by Chris Dale.
stevebecker
Member
Posts: 1320
Joined: 01 Jul 2006 03:04
Location: Australia

Colonial Order (Elephant Badge)

Post by stevebecker » 22 Nov 2020 22:20

Mates,

I notice General Alfred Gutknecht has listed being awarded this badge for service in East Africa.

Do you have any records of this Order being given to soldiers and are there photos of this award?

Cheers

S.B

User avatar
IanE
Member
Posts: 258
Joined: 28 Sep 2007 05:14
Location: Australia

Re: Colonial Order (Elephant Badge)

Post by IanE » 24 Nov 2020 02:22

Steve,

A photo of the elephant badge.
Elephant Order.jpeg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Tanzania
Member
Posts: 565
Joined: 04 Jun 2009 13:59
Location: Germany

Re: Colonial Order (Elephant Badge)

Post by Tanzania » 26 Nov 2020 08:00

Thanks’ for posting. I don't know anything about medals.

Without an explanation, I would have guessed it´s an animal
motif made of white chocolate from the last Advent-calendar.

• Was this also for the other Colonies available?
• When was this order donated by whom and for whom?
• Could this motif be worn on the uniform like this?

Cheers Holger
“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. . . . All History was a
palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary” – G. ORWELL 1984

User avatar
IanE
Member
Posts: 258
Joined: 28 Sep 2007 05:14
Location: Australia

Re: Colonial Order (Elephant Badge)

Post by IanE » 26 Nov 2020 11:40

The following short explanation is from the Australian War memorial in Canberra.

Description
Elephant Order Colonial Badge. Obverse: A palm tree and an elephant. The lower part is covered with oak leaves and around the upper rim are the place names 'SÜDSEE * AFRIKA * KIAUTSCHOU' referring to the larger geographical areas where German colonies were situated. Reverse: The text 'GES. GESCHÜTZT NR. 33992' (Legally protected Nr. 33992). The badge is fitted with a single vertical brooch pin.

History / Summary
German Colonial Badge, also called Elephantenorden (Elephant's Order). Awarded to all German colonials who, during the First World War, and later in the former German colonies, were acting or serving on behalf of these colonies. The badge was instituted in October 1921 and was to be purchased by the recipient. By 21 November 1936 some 8,000 were issued and it is assumed that later awards could have been obtained during the Nazi period 1937 - 45.

User avatar
Hans1906
Member
Posts: 1084
Joined: 06 Jan 2020 23:13
Location: Germany

Re: Colonial Order (Elephant Badge)

Post by Hans1906 » 27 Nov 2020 13:29

Kolonialabzeichen 1922 (So called "Elefantenorden")

Wikipedia (G) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolonialabzeichen

Ehrenzeichen / Orden.de https://www.ehrenzeichen-orden.de/kaise ... -1922.html
(Link with some actual collectors values, beware of reproductions..!) :wink:

Photos of veterans wearing the Kolonialabzeichen 1922 are online, please use the picture search...

Hans1906

P.S. 150% perfect reproductions from poland, including the perfect so called "Patina" are about 20,- to 25,- Euro.
(On almost every larger german flea market)

Return to “German Colonies and Overseas Expeditions”