Ground Assault Badge By J.E. Hammer & Söhne

Original Ground Assault Badge By J.E. Hammer & Söhne(Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe). Constructed of silvered and patinated zink, the obverse consists of an oval oak leaf wreath, joined together at the bottom by ribbon, topped by a Luftwaffe eagle clutching a mobile swastika, overlaying a stylised cloud from which a lightning bolt emanates and strikes the ground, the reverse with a central visible rivet securing the eagle in place, with a crimped barrel hinge and vertical pinback meeting a round wire catch, unmarked, measuring 43.05 mm (w) x 56.12 mm (h), weighing 37.7 grams, accompanied by its period original package of issue, constructed of light brown paper stock, the exterior bearing an inscription of “LUFTWAFFEN-ERDKAMP-ABZEICHEN” and a maker’s mark of “J.E. HAMMER & SÖHNE, GERINGSWALDE”, measuring 56 mm (w) x 105 mm (h), a rare example of a Ground Assault Badge in near-mint condition.

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Ground Assault Badge

 The Ground Assault Badge of the Luftwaffe (Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe) was awarded to Luftwaffe personnel for their achievement in ground combat.  Instituted on the 31st March 1942, by Hermann Göring.

The badge depicts an oak leaf wreath surmounted by Luftwaffe Eagle, grasping a swastika, flying above a storm cloud from which a lightning bolt strikes the rough ground, which was designed by Sigmund von Weech.

The criteria for the ground assault badge were awarded to personnel who served three combat operations on separate days and replaced the Infantry Assault Badge.

As the war progressed it became necessary to further distinguish those soldiers who had already exceeded the awarding criteria.  To accomplish this distinction four numbered grades were introduced on 10 November 1944 based on the number of combat operations.

  • 2nd Grade for 25 eligible operations
  • 3rd Grade for 50 eligible operations
  • 4th Grade for 75 eligible operations
  • 5th Grade for 100 eligible operations