Minty 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge – JFS

Condition: Excellent /Near Mint

Maker: JFS

Pattern: 25

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW3834 Category: Tags ,

Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this truly exceptional 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge. This badge is amazingly preserved, with only extremely slight traces of age, and no evident wear. It is made of zinc, as all of these were. The eagle and wreath retain amazing detail, with bold, clean surfaces, and nearly all of the fragile original silver wash still intact, with original luster. The Panzer tank also retains virtually all of the original appearance; it is likely that this badge still looks much as it did on the day it was made. it should be noted that finding these later war zinc badges with this amount of finish remaining is extremely difficult. The reverse of this 25 Engagement Panzer Assault Badge is extremely clean, with full original finish. There is no maker marking, but this variant was made by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne, in Gablonz. All of the hardware is textbook for JFS, with classic aluminum rivets. The Gablonz style hardware features a banjo pin, and crimped in hinge and catch plates. The hardware is completely intact and completely untouched. The condition of this rare badge borders on near mint. It would likely be impossible to find a better example.



Historical Description: The Numbered Panzer Assault Badge was instituted on June 22, 1943.  The instituting of the new grades of the Panzer Assault Badge was in a direct response to the increasing number of soldiers which had continued to tally “combat days” after they had met the initial requirements of the standard version.  The different grades created by the German High Command were “25”, “50”, “75”, & “100”.  The requirements for the Numbered Panzer Assault Badge was very similar to the standard version except the number of combat days required corresponded to the number of the award.  For example, the Panzer Assault Badge with a “25” box would have required the soldier to have 25 combat assaults on 25 different days. Many soldiers in the German Army did not live to see the required “combat days” for the higher grades, most specifically the “75” & “100” grades.   

 The numbered grades used the same design pattern as the standard version.  However, these grades of the Panzer Assault Badge have more enhanced features such as enlarged tank, wreath and eagle, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.   


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