General Assault Badge By Rudolf Karneth

Original General Assualt Badge by Rudolf Karneth (Allgemeines-Sturmabzeichen) constructed in silvered-plated zinc, with typical age bubbling.  The reverse has no manufacturer’s markers mark, but this badge is a type known variant by Rudolf Karneth with a vertical needle style pin, and a round wire catch; measuring 42.17 mm (w) x 53.21 mm (h); weighing 15.2 grams; overall in good condition.

Product ID: 3248

£160.00

1 in stock

Description

General Assault Badge

The General Assault Badge (Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen) was awarded to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS, and Ordnungspolizei (order police) who supported an infantry attack but were not part of specific infantry units and therefore did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge.

Instituted on the 1st June 1940, by General Walther von Brauchitsch and designed by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, which depicts an oval wreath of oak leaves around the circumference with a pair of acorns at the base.  Within the wreath is a large Wehrmacht Eagle grasping a swastika pierced on crossed bayonet and stick grenade.

The award was adapted in June 1943, with a small plate ar the base with either 25, 50, 70, or 100 to recognise combatants that have taken part in numerous attacks.

The award was originally designed for combat engineers, as well as ground support units including anti-aircraft, anti-tank, artillery, and medical units.