Numbered Panzer Assault Badge – JFS

Condition: Very Good

Maker: JFS

Pattern: 25

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW5168 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This numbered Panzer Assault Badge has a great look, with outstanding finish. It’s numbered “25,” the lowest grade of the rare numbered Panzer badges that appeared later in the war. The large, impressive eagle and swastika emblem and detailed oak leaf wreath retain virtually all of the original heavy silver finish. The finish is beautiful, with only minimal age toning. The central tank shows full original detail, and the “25” box has all of the original black paint in the recesses. On the reverse, this numbered Panzer Assault Badge is maker marked behind the wreath with a stylized “JFS” in a box, indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix & Söhne in Gablonz. The catch has broken off. The hinge is held in place with the original crimps, and the round wire attachment pin is intact. The rivets holding the tank in place are both present, but the tank is slightly loose. The reverse of the tank shows some powdery white oxidation to the zinc. This badge displays nicely, and is an attractive example of an award that is missing from most collections. These numbered badges are getting harder to find. The condition of this piece rates as very good.



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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