Original German WWII Silver Grade Hollow Back Infantry Assault Badge
Original Items: Only One Available. Called in German a Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen, this genuine badge is constructed of bronze stamped zinc alloy, making this a desirable "Hollow Back" version. On this example, as with most, the silvering is almost completely gone, and the entire badge now has a slate gray oxidized zinc patina. Only the pin hinge and wire catch on the reverse still have intact silvering.
The design consists of an oval oak wreath tied together at the base via a ribbon, with a national eagle clutching a mobile swas (hook cross), with a vertically oriented Karabiner 98k with the bayonet attached to the front of the barrel and the carrying sling hanging from the rifle superimposed on the wreath. The back features a vertical pinback, an attached folded hinge, and a soldered bent catch. It measures approximately 48 mm (w) x 63 mm (h), and is in very good condition.
Overall a very nice example of this type of badge, ready to display!
The Infantry Assault Badge (German: Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen) was a German war badge awarded to Waffen-SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers during the Second World War. This decoration was instituted on 20 December 1939 by the Commander-in-Chief of the German Army, Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Brauchitsch. It could be awarded to members of non-motorized Infantry units and units of the Gebirgsjäger that had participated in infantry assaults, with light infantry weapons, on at least three separate days of battle in the front line on or after 1 January 1940. When a counter offensive led to fighting, it could also apply. Award of the Infantry Assault Badge was authorized at regimental command level.
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