Original German WWII Silver Grade Infantry Assault Badge by Hermann Wernstein of Jena-Lobstadt
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 a lot of the silvering intact on the front of the badge, as well as areas on the back. These are very hard to find in this condition.
The design consists of an oval oak wreath tied together at the base via a ribbon, with a national eagle clutching a mobile swastika, 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 CROWN / W in a Circle, the logo of Hermann Wernstein of Jena-Lobstadt.
The back also features a vertical pinback, with soldered on hinge and 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 a good amount of 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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