Product Description: This JFS Bronze Infantry Assault Badge is a desirable piece. It’s made of zinc, and has great original bronze finish, much more than is typical on a zinc badge. The obverse has great detail, with no real wear to speak of, and only normal age patina. It retains most of the original darjk bronze finish, with some lighter highlights still shining through here and there. The reverse of this JFS Bronze Infantry Assault Badge also retains virtually all of the original finish. The distinctive maker logo, “JFS” in a rectangular box, is executed in raised lettering just under the hinge. This is the manufacturer marking for the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne. The hardware is intact, functional, and unrepaired. It is textbook JFS, with a crimped in catch and ball hinge. This badge remains in a very strong excellent condition, and has a great look.
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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