Product Description: This 25 Engagement General Assault Badge by JFS is a very nice badge. It is textbook throughout. It’s made of two pieces of zinc. The wreath still retains most of the original silver wash, with eye-catching shine. The eagle has nice smooth surfaces, sharp detail, and virtually all of the original factory-applied darkening. On the left wing and left upper chest you will notice two spots of zinc pest corrosion. The box with “25” numeral is correct and retains the black paint. The reverse of this 50 engagement General Assault Badge shows only minimal fading to the finish. It’s marked with a stylized “JFS” in a box indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne, in Gablonz. The hardware is correct for this maker, and is magnetic, with a functional banjo attachment pin. The hinge and catch are held in place with the original crimps. The aluminum rivets are correct and untouched. This badge is complete and very appealing, with no repairs or damage. This is a scarce badge that is getting difficult to find. The condition of this one rates as excellent plus.
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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