WWII German Tank Battle Badge in Silver, for 25 Days in Actual Combat, by Gustav Brehmer-After June 1943, the basic Tank Battle Badge was deemed inadequate to represent long and continued service with Armored Units engaging in successive battles, so the pattern was changed to incorporate numbers which indicate the actual number of days of combat that the soldier had accumulated. This specific example represents 25 days, as indicated by the number 25 in the bronze square at the bottom of the badge. The original silver finish is missing from this zinc-based badge. There are traces of it around the eagle. The detail to the obverse is very distinctive. It is of two-piece construction, with the two stamped halves riveted together. The panzer is a bit loose which is why they call these the “rattler”. The reverse features a vertically mounted needle pin with a sheet metal type hinge at the top, which functions properly. The pin is slightly bent. The reverse of the tank is stamped with the manufacturer’s initials, GB, which indicates it was produced by Gustav Brehmer which was located in Mark Neukirchen. A scarce and desirable badge!