Product Description: This is a rare 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in silver, made by the firm of Gustav Brehmer. It’s an extremely attractive badge, with an eye-catching look. It’s constructed from two pieces of struck fine zinc, held together by 2 hollow style rivets on the reverse. On the obverse of the badge, the central tank emblem retains most of the original, factory applied Brennlack finish. Slight wear to the high points reveals the lighter color of the base metal. The “25” box at the bottom of the badge also retains the finish. The wreath and eagle are clean, with all of the original finish, and seem to have no finish remaining at all. The reverse of this beautiful 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is textbook for this maker, and features the two main securing hollow rivets and a Brehmer style hinge. The catch is affixed with a square solder plate. The round wire attachment pin is functional. A maker mark of “G.B.” can be seen on the left hand reverse of the tank. This is a very hard to find badge. This piece is choice, and remains in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Numbered Panzer Assault Badge was instituted on June 22, 1943. The instituting of the new grades of the Panzer 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 Panzer Assault Badge was very similar to the standard version except the number of combat days required corresponded to the number of the award. For example, the Panzer 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 Panzer Assault Badge have more enhanced features such as enlarged tank, wreath, and eagle, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.
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