EAN 2000000388366 Material Maße Hersteller Gewicht
Material Maße EAN 2000000388366 Hersteller Gewicht
Tank Assault Badge in silver with miniature pin
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Zinc. Semi-hollow construction. No maker's mark. Including the matching 16mm-miniature pin.
Nicely worn in good conditon.
1939 - 1945
Panzer Vehicle Assault badge
As of June 1st, 1940
Panzer Assault Badge Silver
DATE OF INSTITUTION
Shortly before the start of the Second World War the “Inspektion der Panzertruppen” (Inspection of the Panzer Troops) put forward a request for the creation of a Panzer Assault Award to the higher Army authorities. The introduction of the Panzer Assault badge in Silver was authorised by Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres Generaloberst von Brauchitsch in Berlin on December 20th 1939
Higher grades II to IV instituted on January, 31th. 1943
The Panzerkampfwagenabzeichen was awarded to officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men who beginning at 01/01/1940 engaged in effective combat action in a Panzer or Panzer Command Vehicle as commanders, drivers, gunners, or radiomen in at least three different combat assaults on three different days. Later orders stipulated that the following personnel also became eligible to earn the Panzer Assault Badge in Silver. Dispatch and communication riders (Kradmelder). Panzer Maintenance Units (Instandsetzungstruppen) .Medical personnel (Sanitätspersonal) Panzer Signal Units (Panzer Nachrichten Abteilungen).
Grade I awarded after 3 combat days
Grade II Awarded after 25 combat days
Grade III Awarded after 50 combat days
Grade IV Awarded after 75 and again after 100 combat days.
For the higher grade, it should be noted that for battle-hardened veterans retroactive service was taken into account. Also, war-wounded were credited with extra combat days.
Except for one exception, all early Panzer Assault Badges were made in hollow form. Materials used were Nickle Silver and Tombak (Buntmetall) Both yellow and on rare occasions also white Tombak was used.
In an effort to save precious materials, by the middle of 1941 the switch was made to Hollow Zinc and, on rare occasion Cupal, production by the end of 1941 the order was given only produce Combat Awards in solid form. This also affected the Panzer assault badge that from then on was only produced in Zinc both in Solid and semi-hollow forms. As war progress, the quality of the zinc used would steadily deteriorate.
The same goes for the finishes used. Were early badges show high-quality plated finish later awards will receive electroplated or galvanized finishes and the last will only receive a cheap wash finish.
The Panzer Assault Badge had to be worn on the left breast side of the uniform. In a central position if worn as a single decoration, below and to the right if in combination with higher valor awards such as the EK I.
The recipient would receive an A4 or A3-sized award document.
No presentation case did ever exist. The awards either came in a paper envelope or a generic cardboard box.
NUMBER OF SILVER GRADE PANZER ASSAULT BADGES AWARDED
The number of Panzer Assault Badges actually awarded will forever remain unknown but several hundred thousand for sure were produced.
For more information on the Panzer Assault Badge, we gladly refer the interested collector to the collector's guide “The German Panzer Assault Badge of WW II“ written by Philippe De Bock.