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H066271 PANZER ASSAULT BADGE IN BRONZE.(Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze)
BACKGROUND: The Panzer Assault Badge in bronze was introduced by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch on June 1ST 1940 for award to Panzer-Grenadier, medical, and armored car personnel who participated in three different armored assaults on three different days. The design of the badge was identical to the earlier instituted Panzer Assault Badge in silver for Panzer personnel except for the coloration. Of Note: By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badge didn’t 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: Die struck, partially scooped backed, alloy award with a bronze finish. The badge is in the form of 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 wreath, eagle and tank all show nice detailing. The reverse has scooped depressions to the tank barrel and body. The reverse has a ball style hinge inset into a circular recess with crimped side retainers, a thin round vertical pin, and a soldered catch inset in a circular recess all intact. The reverse of the badge is well marked with the embossed, manufacturer’s initials, "R.K.", indicating manufacture by Rudolf A. Karneth & Söhne of Gablonz.
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $358.00
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