Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge By GWL

An original Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge by GWL, die-stamped two-part construction in zinc. The reverse of the badge is clearly stamped with the GWL logo for Gebrüder Wegerhoff, Lüdenscheid, which has the typical die flaw at the 10 o’clock position. The two revits are tight keeping the eagle in place, with vertival pin and an integral hinge and catch, and measures 43.13 mm (w) x 56.73 mm (h), weighing 29.0 grams. The badge maker is an uncommon varient with no dmage or repairs in good condition.

Product ID: 12297

£385.00

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Description

Luftwaffe 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 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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