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WWII Nazi Panzer Assault Badge in Silver by HA Hermann Aurich Panzerkampfabzeichen
Item #: VF4271
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Die struck, alloy construction, solid backed, badge with a silver washed finish features a vertically oval, oak-leave wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons, superimpose to the top center, encompassing the cut-out, forward profile of a tank. Complete pin and catch assembly. The reverse is well marked with embossed, stylized manufacturer's initials, "HA", indicating manufacture by Hermann Aurich, Dresden.
The Panzer Assault Badge in bronze was introduced by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch on June 1ST 1940 for award to Panzer-Grenadier, medical, and armored car personnel who participated in three different armored assaults on three different days. The design of the badge was identical to the earlier instituted Panzer Assault Badge in silver for Panzer personnel except for the coloration. Of Note: By June 1943 it was realized that the Panzer Assault Badge didn’t sufficiently recognize the number of assaults participated in by armored personnel, which resulted in the introduction of the numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge in both silver and bronze versions on June 22ND 1943. The numbered Special Grade of the Panzer Assault Badge were awarded with the numerals, 25, 50, 75 and 100. The numbered badges followed the basic design of their un-numbered predecessors but were larger and had the addition of an inset rectangular plate with a numeral to the bottom of the wreath.