German WWII Silver Panzer Assault Badge-This tank assault badge retains approx. 50% of its original silver finish. It is a stamped example. Despite the spotty finish, this medal has great details. The reverse retains a little more of the silver finish, but there is some verdigris. This variation has a left facing catch opening. The pin functions as intended. Good overall condition!
History: The German tank badge was instituted by an order from Colonel-General von Brauchitsch in December of 1939. Designed by the well-known artist Ernst Peekhaus, the production of the badge was given initially to the firm C.E. Juncker. But as the war progressed and many other German awards were produced, manufacture was distributed to other firms as well. The award was open to all Panzer officers, NCOs and other ranks, who had been engaged in at least three assaults on three separate occasions. The bronze version extended the award to other affiliated units such as Panzer grenadiers, armored car personnel, medical and signals units.