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. 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. The hollow back reverse shows the correct features including; the proper cut-outs, soldered on round plate round wire catch, bock hinge (with a tombak hinge pin), round wire pin and aluminum rivets (that are visible to the obverse). The detail throughout is superb! Take a look at the tracks on the tank and the eagle! The silver wash is superb! It measures approximately 2 7/16 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches wide. See pages 650 of Philippe De Bock’s Vol. II Panzer Assault Badges textbook. The pin was bent to several spots and I straightened out. The reverse shows a crack to the left side, same as the one on page 663. A great example well deserving of your collection!
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