A Silber Panzerkampfabzeichen by Friedrich Linden of Ludenscheid 1943. 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 oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The full back reverse is correctly maker marked: “FLL 43” (Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid). It also shows the correct; soldered on steel round plate tombak round wire catch, soldered on sheet metal hinge and steel round wire pin. It measures approximately 2 7/16 inches tall by 1 11/16 inches wide. Nice silver wash and detail. See page 181 of Philippe de Bock’s “The German Panzer Assault Badge of World War II”. A great looking piece!
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