H054980 INFANTRY ASSAULT BADGE IN BRONZE. (Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Bronze)

BACKGROUND: When Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch, introduced the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver on December 20TH 1939 bestowal of the badge was not extended to motorized infantry personnel. This was rectified on June 1ST 1940 with the introduction of the Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze for award to Officer's, and EM/NCO's of Motorized Infantry units. The requirements for bestowal, and design of the badge matched those of the silver badge. The criteria for the award varied, with the main qualification being participation in three separate motorized Infantry assaults.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, solid backed, alloy award with remnants of bronze wash. The nicely detailed badge features an embossed, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings, superimposed to the top center, encompassing a cut-out rifle with fixed bayonet and sling. The plain reverse has a crimped and soldered hinge inset into a rectangular recess with raised outer edges, a thin round vertical pin and a soldered catch on a circular base plate all intact. The reverse is well marked with embossed manufacturer's initials, "R.S.", indicating manufacture by Rudolf Souval, Wien.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $149.00

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