German WWII General Assault Badge-This is an excellent example! This solid, zinc example is slightly vaulted. It retains almost all of its original silver finish on the obverse. There is almost no finish remaining on the reverse, but the zinc has toned to a nice gray color. The details on this badge, as well as the silver finish on the front are gorgeous. The pin, catch and hinge function as intended. This is the perfect display badge.
History: The General Assault Badge was introduced on June 1st 1940, by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch, for award to support personnel who were ineligible for the Infantry or Panzer Assault badges. Criteria for award of the badge was basically the same as the criteria for award of the Infantry and Panzer Assault badges with the main qualification being participation in three separate assaults in a supporting role. On its introduction the badge was only intended for award to combat engineers and was designated, Pionier-Sturmabzeichen, (Engineer’s Assault Badge). Shortly afterwards award of the badge was extended to other support personnel including artillery and assault gun personnel, anti-tank and anti-aircraft personnel and medical personnel. Of Note: Before the introduction of the Tank Destruction Strip in March 1942, personnel who had single handedly destroyed an enemy tank with Infantry weapons were awarded the General Assault Badge.