Panzer assault badge 75. Numbered for 75 engagements. Heavy duty construction. JMF (Josef Feix Sohne from Gablonz) maker marked to the reverse.
Panzer Assault Badge 75. Historical Information
The panzerkampfabzeichen was first introduced after the invasion of Poland 1st sept 1939. It was one the first of a series of war badges awarded for achievements during combat
The silver grade was the first issued 20th December 1939 following by the bronze . Both of these grades are equal , the difference being the based solely on the branch of service. The design follows on from previous version from the first world war and also the Spanish cival war. It was available for Officers, NCO`s and enlisted men. The Bronze grade was awarded for motorized/ reconnaissance units and holds exactly the same status.
The original design was by C. E. Junker of Berlin. It is comprised of an oval design and an oak leaves on each side and a stylized bow at the bottom. To the top is the German national eagle holding a swastika in its claws. To the centre is a stylized Panzer with features of the Mark 3 and 4.. 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. badges were made of silver-plate and the later ones were made of zinc.
The “bronze” version was actually made of a “metal alloy”. Many badges were unmarked and named badges should not be taken as original. Many companies were employed in the manufacture of these badges. Panzer Assault Badge 25 Bronze
The silver grade award regulations are as follows
- Participated in three assaults
- On three different days
- Engaged in recovery of vehicles or personnel