Army Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze (Hollow back)
Hollow back version of the Wehrmacht Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze. It was awarded to tank commanders, gunners or radio operators for participation in three separate combat engagements. Die-cast with an attractive aged zinc finish, complete with maker's mark and correct German style pin.
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The Wehrmacht Panzer Assault Badge was introduced on December 20, 1939, in order to recognize the achievements of Panzer personnel who took part in armored assaults. It was designed by Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin, and was instituted by order of Generaloberst von Brauchitsh. On June 6th, 1940, a separate class of the badge, in Bronze, was added in order to recognize the crews of armored vehicles other than tanks (half tracks, assault guns, etc).
The award criteria was as follows,
- To have taken part in three armored assaults in three different days.
- To have been wounded in the course of an assault.
- To have earned a bravery decoration in the course of an assault.