Minty JFS Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: JFS

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW3827 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This JFS Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze in an outstanding, near mint piece. It is made of fine zinc. The finish on this piece features beautiful bronze highlights over a Brennlack base, and is completely intact, with no evident wear. This gorgeous original finish accentuates the fine original detail of the design. The reverse is mostly flat, with a slightly recessed contour behind the rifle, and features the stylized “JFS” maker mark in raised lettering under the hinge indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne in Gablonz. The hardware setup on this JFS Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze is a textbook example of the unique JFS style, with a ball hinge and sheet metal catch, both crimped into place, and a round wire pin. The pin is functional, and there is no sign of any repair. This badge displays extremely well. It would be harder to find a more attractive example of a bronze 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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