Product Description: This Silver Panzer Assault Badge is a representative, all-original example. This style of badge is known to collectors as the “Daisy” pattern. It’s made of zinc. As is typical with zinc awards, most of the original finish has evaporated over time, leaving only traces remaining in the recesses of the design. Most of the badge is the dull gray color of the fine zinc base metal. This is a nice strike, and retains great detail, with little or no actual wear evident. The reverse of this “Daisy” Silver Panzer Assault Badge is semi-hollow. The original hardware is functional and unrepaired, with a round wire pin, a sheet metal hinge, and a round wire catch with catch plate. The reverse hardware retains the original silver finish. There is no maker marking. This badge remains a solid and attractive piece, in very good 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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