Maker: Hermann Aurich
Base Metal: Zinc
Product Description: An uncommon Boxed Bronze Panzer Badge in unissued condition. The box of the badge is made of a very simple plain brown thin cardboard which shows little to no storage wear. It goes without saying that these delicate cardboard award boxes are extremely difficult to find on the market today due to how fragile they are. The badge is made out of zinc and is finished with a simple bronze wash. The bronze wash has faded slightly over the years, which is common to see on later produced zinc badges. The maker of the badge is Hermann Aurich, and features the unique hardware that will only be seen on badges produced by the maker Hermann Aurich. This is an entirely original and complete set for the Hermann Aurich Boxed Bronze Panzer Badge.
Historical Description: The Panzer Assault Badge was instituted on December 20th, 1939. It was awarded in the silver grade to Panzer crewman who met the combat requirements. On June 1st, 1940, following the start of the blitzkrieg against France, the bronze grade was introduced to award armoured reconnaissance, motorcycle riflemen, and panzer-grenadier units. The requirements for both versions were the same, the soldier must have participated in three combat assaults on three separate days to be eligible.
The design of the Standard Panzer Assault Badge consists of an oakleaf wreath surrounding a Panzer (Tank) with the German National Eagle positioned at the top clutching a swastika. The Standard Panzer Assault Badges can still be a common occurrence at local gun and military shows even now. The German Army had tens of thousands of Panzer crewman who became eligible for the award as the war progressed. Because of the large number of soldiers who had fulfilled the requirements to wear the award, a high demand for producing of the Panzer Assault Badge was needed. In response to this, approximately 35 manufacturers were authorized to produce the award between 1939 and 1945. Many of these manufacturers created their own version of the badge by artistically designing their own version of the eagles, wreath’s, and tanks on the badge. The design of one Panzer badge may not be identical to the next one encountered. This makes the collecting of the different manufacturers and their variants its own niche in the hobby.
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