Product Description: This is a lovely and extremely appealing example of a 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in silver. It is made of two pieces of fine zinc, and has a desirable, all-original, uncleaned look. The wreath retains outstanding original silvering, with attractive toning. The original darkening on the tank contrasts nicely with the luster of the wreath. The obverse of this badge shows only light wear. The reverse shows moderate toning and patina. It’s maker marked behind the wreath with the stylized “JFS” in a box logo used by the firm of Josef Feix Söhne. The hardware setup is textbook for this maker, with a banjo pin and crimped hinge and catch. The attachment pin is functional. The correct aluminum rivets are nice and tight. This 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is correct in every regard. It measures 62 mm high by 47.5 mm wide, and weighs 30.6 grams. It displays exceptionally well, and remains in excellent plus 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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