Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge By Friedrich Linden

Original mid to late-war Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge by Friedrich Linden, Lüdenscheid, die-stamped zinc construction.   The obverse of the badge has a riveted eagle which is typical of the maker, with the silver wash still intact.  This reverse of the badge is smooth and has no maker mark, however, this is without a doubt an FLL (Friedrich Linden, Lüdenscheid).  The hardware on the back is standard for this maker and includes a sheet metal catch and hinge that have been soldered together without any modifications.   This FLL Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge is a textbook example in good condition.

 

Product ID: 7518

$486.34

Description

Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge

 The Ground Assault Badge of the Luftwaffe (Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe) was awarded to Luftwaffe personnel for the 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 decoration 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

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