Luftwaffe Ground Assault Award
Replica of the "Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe" instituted on March 31, 1942 by the Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring to honor Air Force personnel that took part in ground military actions
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The Ground Assault Badge consists of a Luftwaffe eagle flying above a storm cloud, which generates a lightening bolt that strikes rough ground. In most cases, the Luftwaffe eagle is a separate, stamped nickel piece and is riveted on top of an eagles’ outline on the badge. This can either be done by three domed rivets, two domed rivets, or one flush rivet. On some late war badges, the eagle is cast as an integral part of the badge itself, with no need for a separate piece. The eagles' wings protrude outside the wreath of oak leaves that surrounds it. These badges were produced with both silver and darkened wreaths
At the base of the badge there is a tie which has on each side a single half oak leaf rising into the seven bunches of three oak leaves that make up the wreath. The bunches end tip to tip at the badges apex. The wreath is separated from the storm cloud by three voided areas located on each side and above the cloud.
In order to receive the Ground Combat Badge, the following criteria needed to meet,
- Involvement in three separate engagements on separate days.
- Being wounded in an engagement.
- Being awarded a decoration in an engagement.
- A member killed in an action was automatically awarded the badge.
- Paratroopers and assault gunners could also receive this award provided they met the above criteria.