Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze – AS

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: AS

Base Metal: Zinc

SKU: C11420 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer/SS Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is a gem. It’s a near mint badge. The front retains virtually all of the original, chocolate brown Brennlack bronze finish, which is not at all common to find on a zinc badge like this. It has full original detail, with only extremely slight traces of wear to high points, and a nice, clean look. The reverse of this Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze also retains nearly all of the original finish, and has a stylized “AS” manufacturer marking, which is attributed to the firm of Adolf Scholz. This maker only made zinc Panzer Assault Badges. The hinge and catch are crimped in place, with no signs of repair. The original, round wire pin is intact and functional. This badge has a striking design, and would be tough to upgrade.


Historical Description: The Panzer Assault Badge was instituted on December 20th, 1939.    It was awarded in the silver grade to Panzer crewmen 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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