Product Description: This 75 Engagement General Assault Badge is an untouched, all-original example of this extremely rare and very desirable combat award. This is an “out of the woodwork” piece, just recently purchased from a veteran’s family; it has never been in a collection before. This piece is struck from fine zinc. On the obverse, this badge retains approximately 75 percent of the original gold finish on the wreath, with some slight wear and typical fading from age. The bold-looking eagle and swastika emblem retains great detail, with some tiny spots of oxidation. The “75” bar at the bottom of the wreath shows great finish, with normal age patina. The reverse of this 75 Engagement General Assault Badge is nicely maker marked, with a stylized “JFS” on the back of the wreath indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne in Gablonz. The four textbook aluminum rivets are tight and un-messed with. The reverse of the badge shows typical fading to the finish, with some areas of built up patina. The hardwarte is crimped in, typical for this maker, with a sheet metal hinge and catch and banjo pin. The hardware retains lots of finish, with some wear that suggests this might be a badge that was awarded and worn. This is a rare, fresh to the market opportunity to acquire this extremely hard to find badge, that could be the centerpiece of a collection of Wehrmacht awards. The overall condition is a strong excellent.
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 were 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, enhanced wreath, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.
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