Product Description: This Panzer Assault Badge in Silver is a desirable piece, with great finish. This variant is known to collectors as the “Daisy” because of the the flower in the grass area of the obverse design. This is a typical mid-war piece, struck from a fine zinc alloy. The obverse retains about 70 percent of the original silver finish, with only very slight wear, and most of the finish loss being a result of typical fading common with zinc awards. The reverse of this badge is semi-hollow, and retains great finish and original luster. There is no manufacturer marking. The hardware retains the original silver finish, and features a round wire pin, and soldered hinge and catch. There are no signs of repair, and the pin is functional. This untouched Panzer Assault Badge in Silver has great eye appeal, and rates as excellent 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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