Deumer Panzer Assault Badge in Silver

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This is a stunning example of the Deumer Panzer Assault Badge. It’s made of zinc. The front features about 80 percent of the original silver wash, which is much more finish than is typically encountered. The contrast between the bright silver finish and the darker color of the base metal gives this piece a wonderful depth and a really striking overall appearance. The front of the badge shows only minor wear, and retains great detail. The back of this badge retains 95 percent of the original silvering, and has a textbook Deumer hardware setup with a round wire pin and catch. The hardware is functional and unrepaired. This Deumer Panzer Assault Badge is all original and textbook in all aspects. It’s a really attractive example of a desirable badge, with loads of finish and a great look.

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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