Product Description: This Cupal Panzer Assault Badge is a very desirable and hard to find early piece. It is made of CupAl, which is copper and aluminum that has been mechanically bonded together; this material composition is associated with top quality, early production badges. This one retains great detail, and nearly all of the original silver electroplated finish on the obverse, with some typical age toning. Wear to some of the high points of the badge reveals some of the red color of the copper. The reverse of this attractive Cupal Panzer Assault Badge shows all of the original silvering. It’s maker marked on the track area with the stylized “A” maker mark of the firm of Assmann in Lüdenscheid, a very sought after maker of these badges. The hardware is textbook for Assmann in all respects, with sheet metal hinge and round wire pin and catch. the hardware is still perfectly functional, and unrepaired. This early stamped Panzer badge remains in 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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