Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze `SonnderKlasse`

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Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze `SonnderKlasse`. This item is SonnderKlasse `Special Quality`  please   see  below for more information.


Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze `SonnderKlasse` . This item is SonnderKlasse `Special Quality`  See  below.

Panzer Assault Badge `SonnderKlasse`. 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.

The  silver  grade award  regulations  are  as  follows

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

Sonnderklasse   `special  quality`

Panzer Assault Badge `SonnderKlasse`. ALL sonnderklasse items are made in Europe.  Most are from a single manufacturer based in western Europe with a smaller amount  made in  eastern Europe. Many  of these  badges   are made  using  the original moulds (or  remakes  of  them)  and tools which were bought from the factories  when  they closed, mostly in  the  1960`s  and 70`s.  Even some of the original flaws have being preserved to gain the highest level of authenticity.  The  old metals  like  nickel  and , Zinc and kriegsmetal   are not  really  possible  to recreate   so metals  of similar  properties  and weights  are used.   Pins and catches.  All   Sonnderklasse items  have  very strong  pins  and catches,  like the originals  they  are very hard  to break.

Additional information

Weight 0.035 kg
Dimensions 6 × 5 × 1 cm