A Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber by Karl Wurster of Markneukirchen. The Panzer Assault Badge was awarded to those who had either; taken part in three armored assaults in three different days, had been wounded in the course of an assault or who had earned a bravery decoration in the course of an assault. The silver class was presented to tank commanders, gunners or radio operators who went into battle in armored vehicles. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that has been silver washed. The obverse depicts a panzer tank, above a grass field, which is beneath a national closed winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika in its talons and is all surrounded by an oval laurel leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse shows the correct encircled “KWM” (Karl Wurster, Markneukirchen) maker mark. It has a soldered on block hinge, soldered on round wire catch and sturdy round wire pin! A beautiful piece! It measures 2 3/8 inches tall by 1 5/8 inches wide. See page 98 of Philippe de Bock's "The German Panzer Assault Badge of World War II". Very nice!
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