General Assault Badge

£ 13.85

WW2 German army General Assault badge. (German: Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen). A  quality  reproduction of the famous assault award. Awarded for three engagements.

 

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General Assault Badge. WW2  German army combat badge. A superb quality badge for the collector with correct pin. Die stamped with nice detail and aged finish.

General Assault Badge.Historical  Information.

The Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen was  first introduced  1st June  1940. It was  issued in response  to troops who were involved  in  combat  but  directly  with infantry or  panzer units,  for  example  gun  crews,  artillery  personnel ,  drivers,  etc. It forms a series  of  war badges  awarded   for   achievements  during  combat.  It  was only issued  to  members  of  the  Heer  and  Waffen SS.

The badge was  designed by Berlin  firm of Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, who produced  many war  badges. It  consisted of  an oval disk measuring 5.3 cm (2 in) by 4.2 cm (2 in) by .6 cm (0 in) wide. A wreath of five oak leaves runs around each side of the medal with a pair of acorns at the base. Inside the wreath is a large Wehrmacht-style eagle with folded wings clutching a swastika surmounting a crossed bayonet and stick grenade.

The reverse hardware  consists  of a  vertical pin system.  the hinge is soldered, riveted  or  crimped into place.  A  variety of combinations  were used. The  same  applies  to the  catch  top hold the  pin. Early examples  were often  die stamped in silver  but  soon replaced  by  massive  stamped zinc  based  badges. As  usual the  later examples  were  cast  from kriegsmetal.  The  design is powerful and  the badge is  a fairly collectible  item.  The badges were   generally die  stamped but  hollow  backed  versions  were also produced.  These  are highly  faked  and very hard  to spot. Great  caution  should be taken when buying original  versions   of  the Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen.

The  award  regulations  were   the  same  as the Infantry  assault  badge.

  • Participated in three assaults
  • On three different days
  • Engaged in  recovery  of  vehicles or personnel

Additional information

Weight0.026 kg
Dimensions6 × 5 × 2.5 cm

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