Ok so right off the bat I'll say that this thing looks to have been repainted at some point. Who, why, when I have no idea. What I do know is that it is an original badge and this is how it landed and how I sell it. Based on the wear it may well be a period job but I do not know so I'm blowing it out. The Silver Infantry Assault Badge was awarded to foot infantrymen who had taken part in combat action on different days and met the required award criteria. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base. The oval shaped obverse depicts a rifle and bayonet below a Heer closed winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika within its talons. This is all surrounded by an acorn and oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse correctly displays the "W" (E. Ferdinand Wiedmann, Frankfurt) maker mark along with a soldered on round plate rectangular wire catch, soldered on "lily pad" sheet metal hinge and steel round wire pin. The details continue to display wonderfully! It measures approximately 2 1/2 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches wide. See page 94 of Sascha Weber's "The Infantry Assault Badges". Cool!
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