Condition: Near Mint
Maker: Unmarked (attributed to Deumer)
Product Description: This Silver Panzer Badge by Deumer is an incredible example, that remains in near mint condition. It would be hard to find any wartime zinc badge that retains so much of the original silver finish. This one is a great strike, with a silver finish that shows almost no wear, and retains loads of original luster, appearing much as it must have the day it was made. The reverse of this Silver Panzer Badge by Deumer is semi-hollow, with gorgeous, untouched original silver finish. There is no maker mark, but this is a textbook Deumer piece in all respects. The hardware is intact, functional, and unrepaired, with a round wire pin and catch, and a sheet metal hinge. This is as close to a mint condition Panzer badge as one is likely to find.
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 crewman 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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