Product Description: This is a great example of an extremely desirable, maker marked CupAl Silver Panzer Assault Badge. CupAl is a metal formed of bonded copper and aluminum, and is generally associated with high quality, early production pieces. This one is really nice and is made by Assmann, a sought-after maker of these Panzer badges. The obverse of this badge has fantastic detail, and a great look. Nearly all of the original silver finish is intact, with attractive dark toning from age. The reverse of this CupAl Silver Panzer Assault Badge is the expected hollow back construction, with full original finish and normal age patina. The reverse of the Panzer tank is marked in the tracks area with the stylized “A” maker mark of the firm of F. W. Assmann & Söhne, in Lüdenscheid. The hardware is textbook, with a sheet metal hinge and round steel wire pin and catch. There are no repairs, and the badge weighs in at the correct 11.7 grams. This choice badge is in excellent 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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