Product Description: A 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in overall excellent condition. The badge is made of two separate pieces out of feinzinc. The silvered outer wreath is in excellent condition and retains approximately 95% of its original silver finish. The darkly burnished tank is also in excellent, and retains roughly 95% of its original finish as well. Both pieces are held tightly together by two original aluminum rivets, both of which penetrate the front of the badge as one would expect to find on a Juncker made badge. Neither rivet shows any signs of tightening. The barrel hinge and round wire catch are securely, and originally, soldered in place. The pin still retains some of its original black factory finish indicting this badge did not receive much, if any, wear. Of the three known makers of a 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge Juncker is arguably the most desired. This is a beautiful 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Silver by Juncker that would make a welcome addition to any badge collection.
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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