Product Description: This Silver JFS Infantry Assault Badge is a great award, that has a lot of appeal. Most of the JFS-made Infantry Assault Badges on the market are the bronze version; the silver grade is scarce. This one retains 90 percent of the original silver finish. On the front, the matte silver finish has toned with age, contrasting with the light gray color of the exposed zinc base metal. The abundant original finish and the visual contrast gives this badge a great look. The reverse of this badge retains nearly all of the original finish, which has typical age toning and some slight bubbling. The badge is marked under the hinge with the stylized initials “JFS” in a box, indicating manufacture by the firm of Josef Feix Söhne in Gablonz. The hardware is typical JFS, with a ball hinge and catch that are crimped into place. The round wire pin is intact and functional, with original silvering. There are no signs of any repairs. This Silver JFS Infantry Assault Badge is a desirable variant, and is in excellent condition.
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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