German WWII Infantry Assault Badge in Silver by Wiedmann-This is produced in zinc. The silver finish is missing, and details do show wear. The badge retains a nice vintage tone even though the silver is missing. The pin and catch mechanism are missing, though the pin hinge remains. The badge is marked with a (w) which indicates production by Ferdinand Wiedmann. Good display piece.
History: The infantry assault badge was introduced on December 20th, 1939 by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsh, as an award for officer’s and EM/NCO’s of non-motorized infantry and Mountain infantry units. The criteria for the badge varied, with the main qualification being the participation in three separate infantry assaults. On June 1st, 1940 a bronze version of this Infantry Assault Badge was introduced as an award to Officer’s and EM/NCO’s of Motorized infantry units. The criteria for the bronze badge matched those of the silver badge; again, with the main qualification being the participation in three separate motorized infantry assaults.