Original German WWII Silver Grade Infantry Assault Badge with Inscribed Capture Date

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, so these are most often appear dark gray, however this example still has over 50% of the silvering on the front! It also has almost all of the back silvering present, making this one of the most attractive examples we have had. It is not maker marked, however it does have a date of 3 - 21 - 45 scratched into the back, probably the date it was captured. The base metal has oxidized, so it definitely was personalized long ago.

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 plain, with a vertical pinback, an integrated hinge, and an integrated catch. It measures 47.72 mm (w) x 62.37 mm (h) with a weight of 34.7 grams.

In overall very good condition, 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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