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A wonderful, early struck, unmarked 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 silver class was presented to tank commanders, gunners or radio operators who went into battle in armored vehicles. It is a three piece (wreath & eagle, tank & grass (riveted together) / number shield (soldered on)) die struck zinc based construction that has been silver washed. The obverse depicts a centrally placed panzer tank above a grass/log field which is beneath a national closed winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika in its talons. Take a look at the talons on this eagle they are practically flawless, indicating an early strike. This is all above a soldered on zinc based gilded and blackened rectangular “25” number shield and is all surrounded by an oak leaf and acorn wreath. Check out that number shield as well practically all of them are void of the gilding! The reverse shows the correct features including; the proper cut-outs, the steel crimped sheet metal hinge (with a tombak hinge pin), steel crimped catch, coke bottle pin and aluminum rivets. The detail throughout is superb! Take a look at the tracks on the tank and the eagle! The silver wash/plating is superb! It measures approximately 2 7/16 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches wide. See pages 692-719 of Philippe De Bock’s Vol. II Panzer Assault Badges textbook. A wonderful example with early features well deserving of your collection!
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