Tombak Silver Panzer Badge – Deumer

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: Deumer

Base Material: Brass (Tombak)

SKU: JW3575 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Tombak Silver Panzer Badge is a rare and very sought-after early variant. It’s textbook in all aspects, and remains in outstanding, near mint condition. The base material is a brass alloy (Tombak).  It retains about 98 percent of the beautiful, original silver finish, with polished highlights that still gleam brightly, and that contrast with the matte finish in the recesses, giving this badge an extremely appealing look. The reverse of this Tombak Silver Panzer Badge is unmarked, but it is a product of the firm of Wilhelm Deumer in Lüdenscheid. The hinge, round wire pin and sheet metal catch are all typical Deumer. The hardware remains functional, and shows no signs of repair. This is an absolutely choice example of a Panzer Assault Badge, that would be extremely difficult to upgrade.



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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