50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge – GB

Condition: Excellent+

Maker: Gustav Brehmer

Pattern: 50

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW6261 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is a very nice example of a rare, extremely late production badge by Gustav Brehmer. It’s made of fine zinc. The obverse has a very appealing, untouched, uncleaned look, with a light, even patina. The wreath is crisply detailed and still retains nearly all of the original silver finish, with a luster that shows through the patina. The tank holds almost all of the original factory applied dark finish. Wear to the high points on the tank exposes the base metal in some areas. The “50” numeral box is a very late type, affixed with two folded brads. The reverse of this 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is textbook in all aspects and has a nice old patina. It’s maker marked “GB” in raised lettering on the back of the tank. The tank is attached to the wreath with two hollow rivets, with a “mashed” appearance typical of late produced GB badges. The correct hardware setup shows no repairs, and the round wire attachment pin is functional. This is a very impressive and all-original example of an extremely desirable award. The condition rates as excellent plus.




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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