Product Description: A beautiful and desirable Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge MuK5. These MuK5 Ground Assault Badges were produced later in the war out of zinc. Zinc is known to the community for not holding the finished the badges originally received very well. So finding a Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge MuK5 in this type of condition is difficult. The design of the badge is also desirable for collectors due to the complex three rivet construction, wide pin, and crimped hardware used by this maker. The badge is made of zinc, with a tombak stamped eagle affixed to the front of the badge by the three rivets on the reverse of the badge. The finish on this Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge MuK5 has been amazingly preserved. The hardware on the back features the correct crimped hinge and catch found on badge made by this maker. The catch and hinge also exhibit the characteristic lines on the edges of the sheet metal which was created by the shearing process when they were originally stamped. A beautiful Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge MuK5 that will fit any collection type.
Historical Description: In the early days of WWII, the German Air Force had few units intended to serve as infantry. As the war progressed, and especially after the disastrous first winter on the Eastern Front, more and more Luftwaffe personnel were being engaged in ground combat on the front lines. To recognize the combat experience of these soldiers, Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering introduced the Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge on March 31, 1942. The badge had been designed by Sigmund von Weech and featured a Luftwaffe eagle and swastika emblem atop a wreath, within which was a storm cloud striking the earth with a bolt of lightning. Those Luftwaffe soldiers who had previously been awarded German Army ground combat badges such as the Infantry Assault Badge, General Assault Badge or Panzer Assault Badge, were to exchange them for the new Luftwaffe badge. To earn this badge, Luftwaffe soldiers had to survive three ground combat actions on three separate days, be wounded in a ground combat action, or to have earned another decoration in such an action. Luftwaffe soldiers killed in ground combat were to receive the award posthumously. Personnel who could receive this award included paratroopers, members of the Luftwaffe Field Divisions, assault gun crews, and even Flak crews tasked with using their anti-aircraft guns against ground targets. On some of these badges, mostly early versions, the Luftwaffe eagle is a separate piece, riveted on. Later in the war, the eagle was most often integral to the badge.
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