Product Description: Really Nice textbook Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze by Wiedman. The IABiB is zinc based with a bronze brennlack finish. On top of the finish is a very thin layer of the original factory lacquer. The badge overall is in excellent plus condition with nearly all of its finish. The rear of the Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze has the correct lily pad style hinge and correct round wire catch. On the rear of the badge on the lower left corner is the manufacturers initial “W” within a circle indicating manufacture by Wiedman. The weight of the badge is 24.2 grams and the measurements are 45.94.mm(w) x 61.21mm(h). Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze by Wiedman that will stand out in your collection!
Historical Description: The Infantry Assault Badge (Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen) was instituted on December 20, 1939, by German Army commander Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Brauchitsch. The design of the badge featured the iconic K98 rifle, the standard German Infantry weapon of WWII, surrounded by oak leaves and surmounted by a German Army eagle and swastika emblem. The creation of this design has been attributed to the C.E. Juncker firm in Berlin. The badge could be awarded to members of the Heer and SS-VT (later the Waffen-SS) who participate in ground combat as infantry. To earn this award, soldiers had to participate in three or more assaults, counterattacks, or reconnaissance missions, or to have participated in hand to hand combat in an assault, or to have participated in three days of reestablishing combat positions. These actions had to take place on separate days to meet the award criteria. On June 1, 1940, a Bronze grade of this award was instituted, for motorized infantry. The criteria for the award were the same, only for motorized units. The earliest versions of the Infantry Assault Badge were made of Tombak or other high quality alloys, with a plated finish. Later production awards were generally zinc alloy, with a bronze or silver wash that often faded with wear and time.
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