Product Description: This is a perfect, mint gem of a JFS Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze, complete with its original packet of issue. One hundred percent of the original, heavy bronze finish remains intact. The finish on the obverse is absolutely beautiful, with a golden color to the high points that contrasts with the deeper, chocolate-colored finish in the recesses. The badge is made of zinc. The reverse of the badge bears the maker mark “JFS” for Josef Feix Söhne. The hinge and catch are crimped to the badge, as is standard for JFS. The hardware is perfect with no flaws or repairs. This JFS Infantry Assault Badge comes with its original paper packet, which has protected and preserved the badge for decades. The packet is in near mint condition, with a couple of small spots on the reverse. The front of the packet bears the designation of the award, and the reverse is maker marked, matching the maker on the badge. It is getting harder to find these matched sets, in this condition. Choice and attractive example of a JFS Infantry Assault Badge.
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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