Product Description: A beautiful 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze. This 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze was made by the firm known as “JFS”, or “Josef Feix & Sohn”. It is made of two separate pieces held together by two rivets. The bronze finish on this badge has held to the zinc base metal very well over the years, retaining approximately 95% of it’s original bronze finish. The details of the eagle and tank are crisp. The two retaining rivets are made of aluminum and are textbook in everyday to what collectors need to see on numbered badges made by JFS. The hinge, catch, and pin are all magnetic, as they should be. The hinge and catch are correctly crimped on the reverse of the badge, and the catch still retains it’s anti-rotation device in the crimps recess. The number box is original to the badge and again textbook for the maker of JFS.
Most collectors would consider the Numbered Engagement Badges somewhat uncommon, however, the difference between the availability of the Numbered Engagement Panzer Badges in Silver as opposed to the Numbered Bronze Versions is drastic. Numbered Bronze Grades are seldom seen, highly prized by collectors, and missing from most collections. This is an amazing example of an Original 50 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze, don’t miss the chance to own one.
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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