Product Description: A near mint 50 Engagement General Assault Badge by Rudolf Karneth. This 50 Engagement General Assault Badge is made out of two separate pieces, which are held together by four aluminum rivets. The wreath retains 99% of it’s original silver finish. The black burnished eagle also retains 99% of it’s original finish. The Gablonz style crimped hardware used to complete the badge is textbook in every aspect. The hardware is securely, and originally, attached to the badge. The number box, bearing the “50” number plate, is original to the badge, and in near mint condition as well. Finding a later produced 50 Engagement General Assault Badge in this condition is difficult, and is sure to make a welcome addition to any collection.
Historical Description: The Numbered General Assault Badge was instituted on June 22, 1943. The instituting of the new grades of the General 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 General 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 General 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 General Assault Badge have more enhanced features such as enlarged eagle, wreath and eagle, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.
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