How often do you see these in the case! The Grade II General Assault Badge was awarded to an individual German soldier who served alongside an infantry unit and participated in 25 assaults. It is a multi-piece construction (eagle/bayonet/grenade, wreath and “25” 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 “25” number shield and is all surrounded by a massive silvered oak leaf and acorn wreath. The reverse displays; the encircled “RK” (Rudolf A. Karneth & Sohne, Gablonz a.N.) maker mark, three of the four rivets, a steel flat wire crimped catch, steel sheet medal crimped hinge (with tombak hinge pin) and steel coke bottle pin. The “25” 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 number shield. The eagle has a slight wiggle due to the lost rivet. The details throughout the eagle and wreath are just beautiful. See page 334 of “German Awards of WWII The GAB” by Frank Heukemes. It measures approximately 2 5/16 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches wide. The award comes housed in a case! The case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a glued on grey/white lined paper. The edges are lightly scuffed and the two bottom edges are ripped. The original tan paper tissue is included. A great piece!
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