A Silber Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen by Friedrich Orth of Wein. 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-alloy base that has been silver washed. 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 is clearly maker marked “Fo” (Friedrich Orth, Wein). It also correctly displays a soldered on round wire steel catch, soldered on sheet metal steel hinge and sturdy steel round wire pin. They all remain in well working condition. Beautiful finish and amazing detail! It measures approximately 2 7/16 inches tall by 1 7/8 inches wide. See page 40 of Sascha Weber’s “The Infantry Assault Badges”. Nice.
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