Panzer Assault Badge – Daisy

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: Daisy

Base Material: Zinc

SKU: JW6370 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is an exceptional example of this desirable badge. It is made of zinc, and retains all of the original, factory applied bronze finish. The finish has a very appealing matte look, with beautiful bronze color.  The obverse surfaces are nice and smooth, and all of the crisp, sharp original detail is present. The reverse of this badge is semi-hollow. There is no maker marking, and the manufacturer of this badge is unknown, though this variant is referred to by collectors as the “Daisy” type due to the “flower” detail in the ground on the obverse. The hardware on this badge is intact and functional, with a sheet metal hinge and catch, and a round wire pin. This all-original badge shows no damage and no repair. It would be hard to find a nicer example. This choice Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is virtually flawless and remains in outstanding, near mint condition.



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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