25 Numbered Engagement Panzer Assault Badge

Condition: Excellent

Maker: JFS

Pattern: 25

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW5750 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This 25 Numbered Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is a really nice example of this extremely desirable award. It is made of zinc, as all of these were. The obverse of this one is outstanding, and retains most of the original finish. The wreath, eagle and swastika emblem still has nice shine to the original silvering, with only minor fading in some areas. The large tank emblem shows appealing dark burnishing. The front of this badge retains wonderful detail, and shows only minimal wear. The “25” box has all of the original paint in the recesses. On the reverse, this 25 Numbered Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is all original, with no repairs. There is no maker mark, but this variant is known to have been manufactured by JFS. The hardware is textbook for this maker, with a crimped in hinge and catch, and functional banjo pin. There is minimal finish fading, and some light age toning. The rivets are tight. This is a choice example of a rare award that is missing from most collections. It is complete and sound, 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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