Product Description: General Assault Badge Reference Book is one of the hardest reference book to find, with 440 pages, 850 photographs, English language hardcover. Outstanding, ultimate reference guide to the GAB and first in a series. Out of print. The General Assault Badge, by Frank Heukemes. Presents the GAB in a scientific, detailed and conclusive approach, setting a completely new and high standard for any other future reference book on the subject of Third Reich awards. This is an invaluable collectors’ tool, enabling the reader to separate the good from the bad and make educated investments. Full color, detail photographs of badges in multiple views fully document each of 52 identified and 38 unidentified variants. An additional 13 types of rare numbered badges are likewise documented in splendid detail. Over 850 photos total 440 pages, 850 photographs. Furthermore, the book not only catalogues and details all known badges up to this date, it also features several of the best quality fakes and the tools how to identify those. 8.5″ x 6″ x 1.5″ No tears, rips or pen marks on the book. Used but in excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: The German General Assault Badge was instituted on June 1, 1940. When the first Heer (Army) combat badges were instituted, they only recognized those in the Infantry and Panzer (Tank) units. This left the supporting elements of the German Army without an award to recognize their combat achievements. Initially the General Assault Badge was intended for Combat Engineer units, but later this was expanded to include other units such as Panzerjäger’s (Tank Hunters), Cavalry Units, down to Medical Personnel who assisted the Infantry or Panzers during combat engagements. Eligibility also continued to grow to include members of the Luftwaffe (Air Force), Kreigsmarine (Navy), Waffen-SS, and Combat Police units.
The requirements for the General Assault Badge were the same as that of the Infantry Assault Badge and the Panzer Assault Badge. The soldier must have taken part in three combat assaults on three separate days. Three assaults in one day would only count as one assault. Before the institution of the Tank Destruction Strip, awarded to soldiers who destroyed a tank by means of explosives or mine, the single-handed destruction of an enemy tank would also earn the soldier the General Assault Badge.
The Standard General Assault Badge consists of an Oakleaves wreath surrounding a large National Eagle grasping the swastika with crossed bayonet and stick grenade underneath. The General Assault Badge can be found in several different base metals such as Brass, Copper Coated Aluminum, Copper Coated Zinc, and Zinc. The use of the different types of base metal was directly impacted by the war as it progressed. Shortages forced manufacturers to switch from quality base metals like brass to lower quality base metals like zinc.
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