A Seven Wheel, Third Pattern Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze. 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 bronze class was presented to the Panzergrenadier regiments, tank assault crew, armored reconnaissance units, and medical personnel who went into battle in armored vehicles. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that has been bronze 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 semi-hollow back reverse shows a soldered on tombak round plate flatwire catch, soldered on tombak block hinge and steel round wire pin. It measures 2 3/8 inches tall by 1 5/8 inches wide. See page 482 of Philippe de Bock’s “The German Panzer Assault Badge of World War II”. A great piece!
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