Half-Moon General Assault Badge

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Unknown “Half-Moon”

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW5751 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Half-Moon General Assault Badge is an outstanding example of a desirable variant of the Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen. It’s made of zinc, and retains exceptional original silver finish, with a great look. The obverse shows only minimal finish fading, and has an appealing, frosted appearance to the finish. All of the original detail is intact. There is a slight patina, with very light age toning. The reverse of this Half-Moon General Assault Badge is flat and smooth, with strong finish, and is unmarked. The maker of this fairly uncommon variant is still unknown, and it is referred to by collectors as the “half moon” type due to the distinctive shape of the base plate used under the block hinge. The hardware setup features a soldered catch and a functional round wire pin. There is no damage, and no sign of repair. This badge is all-original, complete, and very attractive. The condition rates as excellent plus.



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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