Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this extremely nice example of a very rare 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze. This choice award has a lot going for it. It is made of zinc, as all of these numbered Panzer badges are. The obverse retains all of the original bronze finish, which is extraordinary for any combat award but especially for a zinc badge. The bronze finish is beautiful, and bright, with eye-catching light gold tones. There is no evident wear, and only a very slight, mild age patina. All of the original detail is intact. On the reverse, this gorgeous badge is complete and textbook. This is a rare maker marked variant, with a stylized “JFS” in a box on the back of the wreath indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne, in Gablonz. The reverse has great finish and an old, uncleaned patina. The hardware is exactly what one expects to see on these, with correct aluminum rivets and crimped hinge and catch. The banjo attachment pin is functional, and there are no repairs. The 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze was introduced in June 1943, and was awarded in very very limited numbers, with fewer having survived today, and even fewer still in this condition. This badge would be extremely difficult to upgrade, and would be a highlight in even an advanced collection. It remains in outstanding, near mint 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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