Variant: Injection Mold #1
Base Metal: Zinc
Product Description: This is an absolutely exceptional Assmann General Assault Badge. Injection molded Assmann badges are a desirable variant, though they are not particularly rare. But to find one in this condition, is extremely uncommon. Usually, these have lost their finish and are the dull gray color of the zinc base metal. This Assmann General Assault Badge looks the way these did when they were first produced. Both the front and back of this badge retain nearly all of the original silver wash. The detail on the front is crisp and sharp, the finish is bright and attractive. The reverse of this badge features the textbook molded integral hinge and catch used on this pattern. It is marked with the stylized “A” logo for Assmann and has the number “1” indicating the specific mold that was used to manufacture this. The hardware setup is intact, unrepaired, functional, and retains all the original finish. It is extremely rare to find an Assmann General Assault Badge in a condition like this.
Historical Description: The German General Assault Badge was instituted on June 1, 1940. When the first Heer (Army) combat badges were instituted they only recognized those in the Infantry and Panzer (Tank) units. This left the supporting elements of the German Army without an award to recognize their combat achievements. Initially the General Assault Badge was intended for Combat Engineer units, but later this was expanded to include other units such as Panzerjäger’s (Tank Hunters), Cavalry Units, down to Medical Personnel who assisted the Infantry or Panzers during combat engagements. Eligibility also continued to grow to include members of the Luftwaffe (Air Force), Kreigsmarine (Navy), Waffen-SS, and Combat Police units.
The requirements for the General Assault Badge were the same as that of the Infantry Assault Badge and the Panzer Assault Badge. The soldier must have taken part in three combat assaults on three separate days. Three assaults in one day would only count as one assault. Before the institution of the Tank Destruction Strip, awarded to soldiers who destroyed a tank by means of explosives or mine, the single-handed destruction of an enemy tank would also earn the soldier the General Assault Badge.
The Standard General Assault Badge consists of an Oakleaves wreath surrounding a large National Eagle grasping the swastika with crossed bayonet and stick grenade underneath. The General Assault Badge can be found in several different base metals such as Brass, Copper Coated Aluminum, Copper Coated Zinc, and Zinc. The use of the different types of base metal was directly impacted by the war as it progressed. Shortages forced manufacturers to switch from quality base metals like brass to lower quality base metals like zinc.
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