Product Description: This 75 General Assault Badge is a textbook example of this very rare and extremely desirable award. This is made of zinc, as all of these were, and has nice original finish. The wreath retains most of the original, attractive gold finish, and the large, bold eagle and crossed grenade and bayonet still have most of the factory applied black darkening. There is some patina, as well as scattered spots of zinc pest on the surface of the eagle. The seldom-seen “75” box has original black paint in the recesses. The reverse of this 75 General Assault Badge is complete and textbook. It’s maker marked behind the wreath with the stylized “JFS” in a box maker mark used by the firm of Josef Feix Söhne, in Lüdenscheid. The hinge and catch are correctly crimped in, without repairs, and the banjo pin is functional. The correct JFS style rivets are intact, never messed with. The hardware is magnetic, as it should be, and retains nice finish, with some spots of discoloration and patina. Overall, this handsome badge remains in excellent condition.
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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