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ONSV4810

Original German WWII Silver Grade Infantry Assault Badge by Gebrüder Wegerhoff of Lüdenscheid

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Available. Called in German a Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber, this genuine badge is constructed of silvered zinc. Over time, the silver oxidizes, and wears off, so they appear dark gray, however this example still has some areas with silvering, and also the zinc base metal has not oxidized, so it has a grayish metallic color.

The design consists of an oval oak wreath tied together at the base via a ribbon, with a national eagle clutching a mobile swas, 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 reverse of the award is maker marked with G / W/ L in a circle, the maker marking for Gebrüder Wegerhoff of Lüdenscheid, a city with a large clothing accessories industry.

The back also features a vertical pinback, an integrated hinge, and an integrated catch. It measures approximately 48 mm (w) x 63 mm (h) with a weight of 35 grams. This example is overall in very good condition, with some silvering remaining, and a lovely patina.

Overall a great 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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