Condition: Near Mint
Base Material: Zinc
Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this beautiful and rare Bronze Juncker 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge. This award only rarely appears on the market in any condition; this is an incredible, near mint example, that likely would be impossible to upgrade. It is much harder to find these Juncker-made numbered Panzer Assault Badges in Bronze then in Silver. This badge is made from fine zinc, as al of these were, and retains nearly all of the original, factory applied bronze finish. The obverse shows only very slight wear, and has a light, pleasant patina, with intact fine detail. The soldered-on “25” box has the original black and gold finish, and is magnetic, as it should be. This badge is unmarked, but is undoubtedly a product of the desirable maker C. E. Juncker in Berlin. The hardware is textbook for this maker, with a barrel hinge, round wire “C” catch, and functional attachment pin which still retains most of its original black finish. The aluminum rivets, visible on both the obverse and reverse, are also textbook. This near mint Bronze Juncker 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is a highly desirable award.
Historical Description: The Numbered Panzer Assault Badge was instituted on June 22, 1943. The instituting of the new grades of the Panzer 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 Panzer Assault Badge was very similar to the standard version except the number of combat days required corresponded to the number of the award. For example, the Panzer 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 Panzer Assault Badge have more enhanced features such as enlarged tank, wreath, and eagle, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.
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