A great PAB sought-after by many! The Grade II Panzer Assault Badge was awarded to recognize those who had taken part in 25 days of combat. The bronze class was presented to Panzergrenadier regiments, tank assault crew, armored reconnaissance units, and medical personnel who went into battle in armored vehicles. It is a three piece (wreath & eagle, panzer & grass and number shield) die struck, zinc based construction that has been bronze washed. The obverse depicts a centrally placed panzer tank above a grass/log field and is beneath a national closed winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika in its talons. This is all above a soldered on gilded and blackened tombak rectangular “25” number shield and is all surrounded by anoak leaf and acorn wreath. The hollow-back reverse is correctly maker marked “G.B.” (Gustav Brehmer, Markneukirchen). It also shows the correct features including; the soldered on tombak rectangular plate round wire catch, soldered on tombak sheet metal hinge, round wire steel pin and three tombak rivets. The detail throughout the obverse is superb! Take a look at the tracks on the tank and the eagle! It shows typical age wear and spotting throughout. The bronze wash has been absorbed by the zinc. See page 766 of Philippe De Bock’s Vol. II Panzer Assault Badges textbook. A great example deserving of your collection!
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