Product Description: This Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is a choice, extremely desirable piece, in near mint condition. It’s made of zinc, and still retains nearly 99 percent of the original bronze finish! The finish is an attractive, light bronze color with golden tones. This badge retains all of the original detail, and shows no signs of use or wear. The eagle and swastika emblem have a striking, bold look. The reverse of this Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze is semi-hollow, with intact finish. There is no maker mark, but this variant is a product of the firm of Wilhelm Deumer, in Lüdenscheid. The hardware setup is textbook for this maker, and features a round wire pin, and soldered hinge and catch plate. The hardware is intact, unrepaired, and retains full original bronze finish. This pristine badge is a gem that would be extremely difficult to upgrade.
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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