Product Description: This is an extremely desirable Boxed Panzer Assault Badge in Silver, in outstanding condition. These sets have never been easy to find, and only rarely appear on the market at this time. The badge is made of fine zinc, and retains nearly all of the original, nice silver plating on the obverse. The silvering is still shiny and bright, with little or no age patina. It’s a nice strike, with full original detail and no trace of wear. The reverse of this badge also retains nearly all of the thick original finish, with some extremely slight wear to the edges. The badge is nicely maker marked; the identity of the firm that used this mark is still not known, and this badge type is referred to by collectors as “AS in Triangle.” The hardware setup on this badge is original and unrepaired, and features a ball hinge, a round wire pin and a flat wire catch. The catch is affixed in such a way that the pin cannot be used; it undoubtedly left the factory this way, with the expectation that the catch could easily be bent to allow the pin to be opened for affixing this to a uniform- but it was never worn. This exquisite badge is complete with its original cardboard box. It’s a textbook style of box for this badge, and is a simple two-part cardboard box, covered on the exterior with a blue and white patterned paper. The box is near mint, with no visible damage, and only slight age toning. The underside of the box has some penciled numerals, presumably price or stock numbers from the shop where this was offered for sale during WWII. Inside, the box still retains the original protective tissue paper that has helped preserve the badge for all these years. This boxed Panzer Assault Badge in Silver is a rare set to find and remains in incredible, near mint condition.
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 crewmen 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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