Product Description: This silver Deumer Panzer Assault Badge is a completely untouched piece. It is struck from fine zinc, which retains nearly all of the original silver finish on the obverse. The silvering shows attractive age toning and patina. There is very little wear evident to the front, and all of the original detail is still present, including the distinctive “Daisy” in the grass area under the Panzer tracks. The reverse of this Deumer Panzer Assault Badge is what might be regarded as semi-hollow, with some recessed areas behind the tank. It shows great original finish and uncleaned old patina. There is no manufacturer marking, but this badge variant is attributed to the firm of Wilhelm Deumer in Lüdenscheid. The hardware setup is functional and unrepaired, and features a steel sheet metal hinge and round steel wire pin and catch. There are some small areas with slight surface rust in a few places on the hardware, nothing that affects the function. This badge has a grerat look and remains in a strong 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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