Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this extremely fine example of a Juncker Panzer Assault Badge in Silver. These are rare and extremely sought-after pieces that are almost never seen in this condition. Juncker finished these badges with a thin layer of silver electroplating, that quickly and easily wore off from handling and wear. This one, incredibly, still retains nearly all of the finish. This is a top quality, early badge, made of nickel silver. The obverse has fantastic finish, with a light, even age patina, and full original detail. The reverse is hollow, with a really nice and appealing buildup of old patination. The hardware on the reverse of this Juncker Panzer Assault Badge is intact and has never been repaired. It features a round wire pin and catch. This rare gem of a badge shows virtually no wear, and only light age from the passing of the decades. It remains in near mint condition.
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 armoured reconnaissance, motorcycle riflemen, and panzer-grenadier 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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