Base Metal: Brass (Tombak)
Product Description: An unbelievably rare and highly desirable Silver Tombak Wurster Panzer Assault Badge! This is one of the most desired Panzer Assault Badges by collectors of Panzer Badges. Only a handful of the Silver Tombak Wurster Panzer Assault Badge are known to exist in collections around the world! So it goes without saying that this one is missing from most collections. The badge is made of stamped brass (Tombak), and received a high quality silver electroplating. The badges finish has scattered areas of patina throughout, with small portions of the brass base metal showing through on the high relief areas. The hardware on the reverse of the badge is textbook Wurster hardware, which is securely, and originally, soldered directly to the badge. A highly desirable Silver Tombak Wurster Panzer Assault Badge, don’t miss your chance to own it!
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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