Original German WWII Silver Grade Infantry Assault Badge with Packet by Wilhelm Hobacher of Vienna

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, as this example does.

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 W.H. just under the hinge, for manufacture by maker Wilhelm Hobacher of Vienna, Austria. 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. It still has a lot of the original silvering, and is in very good condition. We often see these completely oxidized, but this one looks great!

Included with the badge is the original paper packet it came in, which is marked Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in German Black Letter typeface. The packet is also marked on the rear corner with W. Hobacher / Wien 107, in the same typeface, so this is the packet that goes with this badge. The packet unfortunately was ripped in half at some point to get the badge out, but it still presents very nicely.

Overall an excellent collector set, 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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