H052779 PANZER ASSAULT BADGE IN BRONZE. (Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze)

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. Also Of Note: By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badge didnít sufficiently recognize the number of assaults participated in by armored personnel, which resulted in the introduction of the numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge in both silver and bronze versions on June 22ND 1943. 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 un-numbered predecessors but were larger and had the addition of an inset rectangular plate with a numeral to the bottom of the wreath.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nicely detailed, die stamped, hollow backed, tombak award with a bronze finish is in the form of 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 the cut-out, forward profile of a tank. The wreath, eagle and tank all show nice detailing. The reverse of the badge is a mirror image of the obverse. Ball hinge and partial pin remain but the catch is missing. Maker marke "A.S." (Adolf Scholze).

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $298.00 (Or Best Offer)

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