H075072 PANZER ASSAULT BADGE, SILVER. (Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber)

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. Of Note: 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck alloy construction, solid backed, badge with a silver washed finish features a 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 plain, solid, reverse has a crimped, soldered hinge, a thin round vertical pin and catch all intact (would have expected to see a different pin and catch on this example, but this looks period applied). The badge has no visible manufacturer's marks. Nice example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $305.00 (Or Best Offer)

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