Panzer Assault Badge Bronze By GWL

An original Panzer assault badge bronze by GWL (Panzerkampf Abzeichen Bronze) die-struck in zinc with bronze wash. The reverse of the badge is an unmarked, hollow version attributed to Gebrüder Wegerhoff Lüdenscheid (GWL) type C version. The hardware is unique to this maker with a crimped barrel hinge with oblonged shapped base plate, and flat wire catch. This uncommon variation is very sought-after badge with no repairs or damage, in very good condition.

Product ID: 12203


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Panzer Assault Badge Bronze

The Panzer Assault Badge was introduced on 20 December 1939, the Panzer Badge was authorised for award to tank crews who had actively participated in three armoured assaults on different days.

On 1 June 1940, a bronze version was created for panzer grenadier units equipped with armoured vehicles, as well as other infantry, armoured reconnaissance and medical units serving with Panzer divisions.  From 31 December 1942, armoured unit repair teams could receive the silver badge for repairing tanks in combat conditions on three different days.

In June 1943 additional tank badges were instituted including the bronze version and other variations for 25, 50, 75 and 100 armoured actions. The number of engagements required for these higher-level badges could be reduced for those with previous long and continuous frontline service or who had received disabling wounds.  Only one badge, the highest level received, could be worn.


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