H062972 INFANTRY ASSAULT BADGE IN SILVER. (Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber)

BACKGROUND: The Infantry Assault Badge in silver was introduced on December 20TH 1939 by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch, for award to all ranks of non-motorized, Infantry and Mountain Infantry units who participated in three different 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. Bestowal of the Infantry Assault badge in silver was not extended to motorized infantry personnel so on June 1ST 1940 von Brauchitsch introduced the Infantry Assault Badge in bronze for award to all ranks of Motorized Infantry units with the same criteria for award as the silver badge. Of Note: Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch also instituted other assault badges with the Panzer Assault Badge in silver on December 20TH 1939, followed by the Panzer Assault Badge in bronze and the General Assault Badge in silver on June 1ST 1940. By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badges and the General Assault Badges didnít sufficiently recognize the number of assaults that personnel participated in, which resulted in the introduction of four, numbered, special grades of the Panzer Assault Badge in silver and bronze and the General Assault Badge, in silver, on June 22ND 1943. The numbered, special grade badges were awarded with the numerals, 25, 50, 75 and 100 to reflect the increasingly large amounts of assaults participated in but somewhat surprisingly a numbered Infantry Assault Badge was never instituted.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Vertically oval, die struck alloy construction badge with a nickle silver plate. The nicely detailed badge features an embossed, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in itís talons, superimposed to the top center, encompassing a diagonally angled, cut-out, rifle with fixed bayonet and sling. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly. Maker marked to Hauptmunzamt Munchen. Hard maker to find!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $335.00

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