Product Description: This 75 Engagement General Assault Badge by JFS is a rare badge in amazing condition. It is made of a nice quality fine zinc. The finish on this one is gorgeous, with nearly all of the gold wash on the wreath. The intact original bright gold wreath contrasts nicely with the eagle, which retains nearly all of the original factory darkening. The rarely seen “75” box is correct and retains the original black paint in the recesses. This badge shows exquisite detail and almost no wear. On the reverse, this hard to find 75 Engagement General Assault Badge is maker marked with a stylized “JFS” indicating manufacture by Josef Feix & Söhne in Gablonz. The hardware setup is textbook for JFS, with a magnetic banjo pin and crimped hinge and catch. The attachment pin is functional, and there are no signs of repair. The correct aluminum rivets are tight and un-messed with. This is an extremely nice badge that would be really tough to ever upgrade. The condition rates as excellent plus.
Historical Description: The Numbered General Assault Badge was instituted on June 22, 1943. The instituting of the new grades of the General Assault Badge was in a direct response to the increasing number of soldiers which had continued to tally “combat days” after they had met the initial requirements of the standard version. The different grades created by the German High Command were “25”, “50”, “75”, & “100”. The requirements for the Numbered General Assault Badge were very similar to the standard version except the number of combat days required corresponded to the number of the award. For example, the General Assault Badge with a “25” box would have required the soldier to have 25 combat assaults on 25 different days. Many soldiers in the German Army did not live to see the required “combat days” for the higher grades, most specifically the “75” & “100” grades.
The numbered grades used the same design pattern as the standard version. However, these grades of the General Assault Badge have more enhanced features such as enlarged eagle, enhanced wreath, plus the addition of a number box at the bottom of the wreath to denote grade.
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