Maker: “HA” Hermann Aurich
Product Description: A complete Boxed Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze Set by Hermann Aurich. The badge itself is in overall excellent condition. The badge is die struck from zinc, and is finished in a bronze brennlack finish. The finish has slightly evaporated overtime, even while being stored in its correct cardboard box for decades. The hardware setup, which is unique to the firm Hermann Aurich, is in perfect working condition with no repairs or alterations of any type. The makers logo “HA” can be seen in relief on the back side of the badge just above the catch. The original cardboard box is in excellent condition as well. The staples on the corners are still holding the walls of the box together just as they did 75 years ago. No tears can be seen on the box. Finding any boxed combat badge has become increasingly difficult over the last three decades, mostly due to their susceptibility to damage, and even collectors not realizing they are original and tossing them out. The boxes are by far much rarer than the badges. This is an excellent opportunity to display a Boxed Panzer Assault Badge in your collection.
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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