Maker: Otto Schickle
Base Material: Brass (Tombak)
Product Description:. Here’s a beautiful Otto Schickle Panzer Assault Badge in Silver. Produced earlier in the war, the base metal used to produce this badge is brass ”tombak”. The badge received a silver electroplated finish over the brass “tombak” and then finished with a white rhodium finish with burnished highlights. Most of the delicate rhodium finish has been worn away over time. 95% of the original high quality silver electroplated finish still remains with some high areas of the tombak base metal showing through.
The early Schickle Panzer Assault Badge in tombak is not a common badge to find. Finding any panzer assault badge award in an early produced tombak material has become increasingly difficult, and are usually examples missing in many badge collections today.
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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