Mint Panzer Badge in Bronze – Wurster

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: Aurich

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW6423 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This near mint Panzer Badge in Bronze is an exquisite example. It’s made of fine zinc that still retains virtually all of the beautiful, factory applied finish. The obverse has a refined, even look, with perfect smooth surfaces and great color. All of the original fine detail is intact, and there is no indication this badge was ever issued or worn. The reverse of this badge shows only extremely minimal age toning to the original finish. It’s marked with a stylized “KW” in raised lettering, indicating manufacture by the firm of Karl Wurster. The hardware is correct for this maker, and features a block hinge, a round wire attachment pin with a blunt tip, and a “C” catch with soldered catch plate. This near mint Panzer Badge in Bronze is all-original, with no repairs, and has an exceptional, almost factory fresh look. It would be extremely challenging to upgrade.




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 crewmen 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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