Maker: Frank & Company, Ludenscheid (F&CL)
Product Description: It’s extremely hard to find a silver Infantry Assault Badge with perfect original finish. This one is impeccable, and appears just as it did the day it left the factory. It’s a mint badge with zero wear or age. It still has all of the original bright silver plating, which is spotless, bright and gleaming. There is no oxidation or age patina at all. The badge shows no trace of ever having been worn, or even handled. The reverse of this silver Infantry Assault Badge is marked with the “FCL” complany logo of Frank & Companie in Lüdenscheid. This maker used a unique hardware setup that adds to the desirability of this type. The distinctive FCL hardware remains intact and functional, with no repairs. The round wire pin is made of Tombak. If you are looking for an absolutely exquisite silver Infantry Assault Badge, you probably won’t find a better one.
Historical Description: The Infantry Assault Badge (Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen) was instituted on December 20, 1939, by German Army commander Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Brauchitsch. The design of the badge featured the iconic K98 rifle, the standard German Infantry weapon of WWII, surrounded by oak leaves and surmounted by a German Army eagle and swastika emblem. The creation of this design has been attributed to the C.E. Juncker firm in Berlin. The badge could be awarded to members of the Heer and SS-VT (later the Waffen-SS) who participate in ground combat as infantry. To earn this award, soldiers had to participate in three or more assaults, counterattacks, or reconnaissance missions, or to have participated in hand to hand combat in an assault, or to have participated in three days of reestablishing combat positions. These actions had to take place on separate days to meet the award criteria. On June 1, 1940, a Bronze grade of this award was instituted, for motorized infantry. The criteria for the award were the same, only for motorized units. The earliest versions of the Infantry Assault Badge were made of Tombak or other high quality alloys, with a plated finish. Later production awards were generally zinc alloy, with a bronze or silver wash that often faded with wear and time.
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