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A good looking maker marked one! The Silver Infantry Assault Badge was awarded to foot infantrymen who had taken part in combat action on different days and met the required award criteria. It is constructed out of a die struck, zinc-alloy base that has been silver washed. The oval shaped obverse depicts a rifle and bayonet below a Heer closed winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika within its talons. This is all surrounded by an acorn and oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse is maker marked reading "R.S." (Rudolf Souval, Wien). It also displays a sheet metal hinge (in a rectangular stamped recess), a soldered oval plate flat wire catch and sturdy round wire steel pin. They all remain in well working condition. The catch is not textbook yet it looks like it has always been there. The details and silver wash continue to display wonderfully! It measures approximately 2 7/16 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches wide. See page 36 of Sascha Weber's "The Infantry Assault Badges". Nice!
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