Original German WWII Silver Grade Infantry Assault Badge by Walter & Henlein of Gablonz
Original Items: Only One Available. Called in German a Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber, this genuine badge is constructed of silvered die-struck zinc. Over time, the silvering can wear and flake off, showing the oxidized base metal, which is grayish. The front of this badge still retains a good amount of the silvering, though it has oxidized in oxidized in areas. The rear side has about 75% of the original silvering intact, while the rest has oxidized or flaked away.
The design of the badge 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 back of the badge is marked W.H. for maker Walter Henlein of Gablonz, part of the so-called "Sudetenland" during WWII. Today it is known as Jablonec nad Nisou in the Czech Rebublic.
The back also features a vertical pinback, with pressed in barrel 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 lots of silvering remaining, and a lovely patina.
Overall a very nice example of this type of badge, ready to display!
The Infantry Assault Badge (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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