Maker: Friedrich Orth
Base Metal: Zinc
Product Description: This bronze Panzer Assault Badge by Friedrich Orth is a really visually striking award, with a lot going for it. The badge is extremely detailed, and is highlighted by a bold eagle and massive swastika, making for a very impressive look. The original bronze Brennlack finish is thin, but is nearly all intact on both the front and back. It’s in excellent condition, showing minor wear, and only a few spots of aging here and there. The reverse of the badge bears the stylized “f.o.” maker logo used by Friedrich Orth. The textbook hardware is intact and functional. This is an extremely attractive and untouched example of a bronze Panzer Assault Badge, by a desirable maker.
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 crewman 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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