A Badge for the Single Handed Destruction of Tank (Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer). The Tank Destruction Badge in silver was instituted by Hitler on March 9, 1942 to honor individuals who single handedly destroyed an enemy tank with hand held explosives. It is constructed out of a machine embroidered silver flatwire and black rayon with a pinned on die stamped steel based chemically blackened tank that is held to the cloth with three flatwire prongs and a rectangular steel plate. The rectangular shaped obverse features a centrally placed black tank that is in front of silver flatwire cloth that is bordered to the top and bottom in a wavy black strip. The tank is beautiful and elegantly displays tons of detail! Just look at all of the wheels and gears! The reverse has a glued on brown wool. It has some threads to the exterior where it would have been stitched to a uniform. It measures approximately 3 ½ inches wide by 1 ¼ inches tall. A desired award!
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