Unfinished – Early Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze by Steinhauer & Lück of Lüdenscheid so called “classic Juncker” reverse hardware. This piece is quite unique as it missed some production steps leaving flashing around the eagle’s head and around the tank. I purchased this from the veteran’s family. Instituted December 20, 1939, 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 oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The fullback reverse features the correct soldered-on tombak block hinge and a portion of the round wire pin. The catch is missing and looks to have been ground off. It retains beautiful bronze finish. It measures approximately 2 3/8 inches tall by 1 5/8 inches wide. For the experienced variation collector!
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