H023387 INFANTRY ASSAULT BADGE, SILVER. (Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber)

BACKGROUND: The Infantry Assault Badge in silver was introduced on December 20TH 1939 by Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch, for award to Officer's, and EM/NCO's of non-motorized Infantry and Mountain Infantry units. Criteria for bestowal of the badge varied, with the main qualification being participation in three separate Infantry assaults. Of Note: On June 1ST 1940 a bronze version of the Infantry Assault Badge was introduced for award to Officer's, and EM/NCO's of Motorized Infantry units.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, solid backed, alloy construction badge with a silver washed finish features an embossed, vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath with a Wehrmacht style eagle with down-swept wings, superimposed to the top center, encompassing a cut-out rifle with fixed bayonet and sling. The solid reverse has a crimped, soldered, hinge on a rectangular base plate, a thin round vertical pin and a soldered catch on an oval base plate all intact. The reverse of the badge is marked with the embossed manufacturer’s initials and date, "S.H. u. Co.", indicating manufacture by, Sohni, Heubach and Company of Oberstein. Most of the maker mark is obscured under the hinge assembly. Nice example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $189.00

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