Product Description: This Bronze Panzer Assault Badge is in a strong excellent condition. It’s made of a fine zinc alloy. The obverse has loads of nice, original bronze finish remaining, with eye-catching golden tones as well as some areas of light spotting from age. All of the original detail is present in the design. The reverse of this Bronze Panzer Assault Badge is flat and smooth, and retains nearly all of the original heavy finish. It’s maker marked over the catch, with a stylized “HA” logo indicating manufacture by the firm of Hermann Aurich in Dresden. This is a textbook Aurich product, with the distinctive hardware setup that only Aurich used. The large round hinge plate and round wire catch are still held in place with the original crimps, with no repairs or alterations. The round wire pin retains its original golden color. This is an eye-catching badge, with great character, and is a really nice example of this desirable Panzer badge bariant.
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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