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H083861 TWENTY-FIVE, SPECIAL GRADE OF THE PANZER ASSAULT BADGE, IN BRONZE.(Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze mit der Einsatzzahl)
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. 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. By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badges didnít sufficiently recognize the number of assaults participated in, which resulted in the introduction of the numbered, Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge 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 the appropriate numeral applied to the bottom of the wreath. The 25 and 50 versions of the Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge in silver had a silver wreath encompassing a black tank while the 75 and 100 versions featured a gilt wreath and tank. The 25 and 50 bronze version of the Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge for award to Panzer-Grenadier, medical, and armored car personnel had a bronze wreath and tank while the 75 and 100 versions has a gilt wreath with a bronzed tank.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Large, roughly, 2 1/2", (6.3 cm), tall, 1 3/4", (4.5 cm), wide, three piece, die struck alloy construction, scooped backed, badge with bronze, gilt and black finishes, is in the form of a broad, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with acorns and a Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), style eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in itís talons, superimpose to the top center, encompassing the cut-out, forward, profile of a tank. The tank barrel, one track and a fender overlap the wreath on the right hand side. The separate, scooped backed, tank is secured to the wreath by two, small, natural aluminum, dome headed rivets which are visible to the reverse. The wreath, eagle and tank retain over 95% of their original, age and usage darkened, bronze washed finish and all show nice detailing. The bottom, center, of the wreath has a small, horizontally, rectangular panel with a separate, inset plate with the embossed numeral, "25" and a raised outer edge. The inset numerals and raised edge retain over 95% of their original gilt wash while the black wash to the background field is also over 95% retained. The reverse of the badge has a soldered, crimped, magnetic, barrel type hinge on a rectangular base plate, inset into a rectangular recess with raised, crimped securing lips, a broad, tapering, magnetic, vertical pin and a heavy soldered catch inset into a circular recess with raised securing lips all intact. The badge has no visible manufacturerís markings. Very nice, high grade combat award.
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