Panzer Assault Badge Bronze By Karl Wurster Hollow Back

A very early WW2 Panzer Assault Badge Bronze by Karl Wurster, constructed in tombak.  The obverse of the badge depicts an oval border of oak leaves, surmounted by the Wehrmacht National Eagle clutching a canted swastika, with a Panzerkampfwagen IV superimposed in the centre.  The reverse comes complete with a barrel hinge and vertical pinback with “?” shaped wire catch, measuring 41.57 mm (w) x 6.21 mm (h), weighing 15.2 grams.  The item is unmarked but attributed to desirable maker by Karl Wurster with no damage or repairs in very good condition.

Product ID: 9420



Panzer Assault Badge Bronze

The Panzer Assault Badge Bronze was instituted on 1.6.1940, the 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.



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