Condition: Very Good
Maker: Hermann Aurich “HA”
Base Metal: Zinc
Product Description: This gorgeous Hermann Aurich Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze has a great patina and lots of character. The Hermann Aurich company was located in Dresden and they utilized a unique reverse hardware setup, as seen on this example. The base metal is zinc. It’s got a lot of original bronze finish remaining (about 90 percent), with some definite honest use wear to the high points on the front, exposing the base metal. It retains great detail. This Hermann Aurich Panzer Assault Badge has a deep, attractive patina from wear and age. The reverse of the page has the stylized “HA” Aurich manufacturer marking, as well as their distinctive hardware. This badge is untouched, unrepaired, and as found. There is even a bit of old fiber string wrapped around the catch, possibly from when this was affixed to a uniform by its original wearer. This Hermann Aurich Panzer Assault Badge is a very desirable example, with 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 armored reconnaissance, motorcycle riflemen, and Panzergrenadier 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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