Germany, Third Reich Blockade Runner badge by Otto Placzek. A a World War II German military decoration awarded for service on warships or merchant vessels that attempted to break through the British Blockade of Germany (1939–1945). It was instituted on 1 April 1941 upon the order of Adolf Hitler and first awarded on 1 July of the same year. Design features a ship a large German Eagle grasping a swastika on its bow. Marked to reverse for “FEC OTTO PLACZEK BERLIN AUSF. SCHWERIN BERLIN’”. Clasp pin back.