These hardly come up so it is a pleasure to have it now! The Grade III General Assault Badge was awarded to an individual German soldier who served alongside an infantry unit and participated in 50 assaults. It is a multi-piece construction (eagle/bayonet/grenade, wreath and “50” plate) which is made out of a die struck zinc base that has been silver washed and blackened. The oval shaped obverse depicts a blackened, centrally placed, large closed winged national eagle, clutching a mobile swastika within its talons and is above a crossed model 24 grenade and K98 bayonet. This is then above a soldered on gilded and blackened rectangular “50” number shield and is all surrounded by a massive silvered oak leaf and acorn wreath. The reverse shows the correct features including; the encircled “RK” (Rudolf A. Karneth & Sohne, Gablonz a.N.) maker mark, four rivets, a steel flat wire crimped catch, steel sheet medal crimped hinge (with tombak hinge pin) and steel coke bottle pin. It shows the slight bubbling that all RK badges have. The “50” number shield has lost its gilding as is popular with the majority of these. It continues to retain a beautiful silver wash and blackening to both the eagle and 50 number shield. The details throughout the eagle and wreath are just beautiful. See page 336 of “German Awards of WWII The GAB” by Frank Heukemes. A beautiful piece I am proud to offer to the collecting community!
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