Product Description: This 100 Engagement General Assault Badge is one of the nicest examples we have had the pleasure to be able to offer. It’s a excellent example of a badge that is nearly impossible to obtain in current market conditions. At the moment, we know of no other examples on the market at present. This badge is an absolutely textbook and untouched piece, in excellent condition, that would likely be impossible to ever upgrade. We purchased this badge directly from a veterans grandson in Annapolis Maryland just a few months ago. The front of the badge has an extremely impressive look, with nearly all of the original factory applied dark burnishing to the massive German eagle, bayonet and grenade emblem. The wreath retains most of the original gold finish, with nice luster. The extremely rarely encountered box with “100” numeral retains the original black paint in the recesses. The reverse of this badge is textbook in every regard, with correct hardware crimped in place, and textbook aluminum rivets that are nice and tight. Nearly all of the original gold finish is present on the reverse, and the hardware retains the finish as is typical. The tapered pin is functional, with no issues. This piece is maker marked with a stylized “JFS” in a box, indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne, in Gablonz. The 100 Engagement General Assault Badge was introduced in June 1943, and was awarded in very very limited numbers, with fewer having survived today, and even fewer still in this condition. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain a rare 100 Engagement General Assault Badge in a very choice condition.
Historical Description: The Numbered General Assault Badge was instituted on June 22, 1943. The instituting of the new grades of the General Assault Badge was in a direct response to the increasing number of soldiers which had continued to tally “combat days” after they had met the initial requirements of the standard version. The different grades created by the German High Command were “25”, “50”, “75”, & “100”. The requirements for the Numbered General Assault Badge were very similar to the standard version except the number of combat days required corresponded to the number of the award. For example, the General Assault Badge with a “25” box would have required the soldier to have 25 combat assaults on 25 different days. Many soldiers in the German Army did not live to see the required “combat days” for the higher grades, most specifically the “75” & “100” grades.
The numbered grades used the same design pattern as the standard version. However, these grades of the General Assault Badge have more enhanced features such as enlarged eagle, enhanced wreath, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.
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