Panzer Assault in Bronze – Unmarked Frank & Reif

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Frank & Reif, unmarked

Base Material: Zinc


Product Description: This Panzer Assault in Bronze is a handsome badge, with a great look. It’s made of zinc, and retains 85 percent of the bronze finish, which is outstanding for a zinc badge. On the obverse, the gray color of the base metal visible on the high points contrasts very nicely with the original bronze finish in the recesses. It’s nice and clean, with only some typical traces of honest wear and handling over time. The reverse of this Panzer Assault in Bronze retains most of the original finish, which is thin in some areas. There is no manufacturer marking, but this pattern of Panzer Assault Badge has been attributed to the firm of Frank & Reif in Stuttgart. The hardware is textbook for this style, with a soldered hinge and catch, and a round wire pin. The hardware remains functional, with no signs of repair. This bronze Panzer Assault Badge displays great, and remains in exceelent 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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