Product Description: This Panzer Assault Badge has a visual impact that would be hard to beat. The original finish is beautifully retained on the front, showing only extremely minimal wear- it’s easily 95 percent intact. The finish has toned slightly with time, with some darkening apparent to the recessed areas. The contrast between the bright high points and the darker areas behind them really makes this one pop! The crispness and detail of the strike on this Panzer Assault Badge adds to the eye appeal. The finish on the reverse has faded somewhat but is still mostly intact, with some gray base metal (zinc) visible near the hinge. The manufacturer logo on the reverse is attributed to the firm of Wernstein in Jena, and this one has typical hardware for this maker, featuring a “lily-pad” hinge and catch. The hardware is intact, functional and without any sign of repair. This is a killer example of the Panzer Assault Badge in Silver, all-original, and absolutely gorgeous. Not easy to find in this 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 armored reconnaissance, motorcycle riflemen, and Panzergrenadier 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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