H027181 CASED 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: Nicely detailed, die struck alloy, partially scooped backed, badge with a polished silver washed finish. The badge is in the form of an embossed, 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 reverse of the badge has scooped depressions to the tank barrel and body. The reverse has a soldered ball hinge inset into a circular recess with raised retaining lips, a thin round vertical pin, and a soldered catch on an inset circular base plate all intact. The reverse is well marked with the embossed, stylized, overlapping manufacturer's initials, "AS", within an embossed triangular border indicating manufacture by A. D. Schwerdt, Stuttgart. Complete with original cardstock presentation box. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $359.00

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