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H069664 SEVENTY-FIVE SPECIAL GRADE OF THE PANZER ASSAULT BADGE IN SILVER. (Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber mit der Einsatzzahl)

BACKGROUND: The Panzer Assault Badge in silver was instituted by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch on December 20TH 1939 for award to all ranks of tank personnel who served as a tank commander, driver, gunner or radio operator and had been involved in three different armored assaults on three different days. The institution order indicated the criteria for award of the badge was to be effective as of January 1ST 1940. On June 1ST 1940 a Bronze version of the Panzer Assault Badge was introduced for award to Panzer-Grenadier, medical, and armored car personnel who participated in three different armored assaults on three different days. By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badge didn’t sufficiently recognize the number of assaults participated in by panzer personnel, which resulted in the introduction of the numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge in both silver and bronze versions. The numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge were awarded with the numerals, 25, 50, 75 and 100. The numbered badges followed the basic design of their unnumbered predecessors but was larger and had the addition of an inset rectangular plate with a numeral to the bottom of the wreath.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Three piece, die struck zinc, scooped backed badge is in the form of a broad, vertically oval oak-leaf wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings superimposed to the top center, encompassing the forward profile of a tank. The bottom edge of the oval wreath is flattened and has a central rectangular plate with a separate, inset panel with the embossed numeral, "75". The tank barrel and one track and fender overlaps the wreath on one side. The tank is secured to the wreath by two small dome headed rivets which are visible to both the reverse and obverse. The small inset numeral panel is also secured to the wreath by a small dome headed rivet which is only visible to the reverse. On the wreath and eagle, as is typical with a zinc production examples, has pushed away most of its original wash and has reverted to the flat matte grey of the base alloy. The tank retains about 95% of its silver wash. The wreath, eagle and tank all show nice detailing. The reverse of the badge has a soldered, crimped, barrel type hinge on a rectangular base plate, inset into a rectangular recess with raised, crimped securing lips, a broad tapering vertical pin and a heavy soldered catch inset into a circular recess with raised securing lips all intact. The reverse of the badge is well marked with the embossed, manufacturer’s initials within a rectangular border, "JFS", indicating manufacture by Josef Feix Söhne of Gablonz. Very scarce original.

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