Product Description: This 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is an extremely nice example of this very rare and desirable numbered combat badge. It is made of two pieces of fine zinc. The obverse retains nearly all of the original, beautiful bronze finish. The level of preservation of the finish is incredible for any wartime badge, but especially for a badge made of zinc (as all of these numbered types were). Beautiful golden highlights contrast with deeper bronze tones in the recesses. The surface shows a slight patina, with some small areas of verdigris. There is no wear- all of the detail is still there. On the reverse, this 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is complete and sound, with no repairs. It’s correct in every detail. The attachment pin is functional, and the crimped hardware remains firmly affixed. The proper aluminum rivets remain just as they left the factory. This is a killer badge, with an outstanding look. The condition rates as near mint.
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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