Product Description: Near Mint textbook Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze by Josef Feix & Söhne of Gablonz (JFS). 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 rear of the Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze has the correct crimped ball hinge and rectangular base catch which also has been crimped. Under the hall hinge is the raised manufacturers initials within a rectangular border, “JFS.” indicating manufacture by Josef Feix & Söhne of Gablonz. The weight of the badge is 27.1 grams and the measurements are 48.15.mm(w) x 61.85mm(h). If you have been looking for a near perfect example for your collection, here is your chance!
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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