Infantry Assault Badge
These images show a block hinge made of brass, and a brass catch. This catch type is known to collectors as a "question mark" catch, which referes to it's shape.
The Eastern Front Medal (Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42“) is a combat decoration awarded to both German and Axis personnel. It was awarded to those who served on the German Eastern Front during the winter campaign of November 15, 1941 to April 15th, 1942. Instituted on May 26th, 1942, and commonly known as the Ostmedaille (East Medal) or Russian Front Medal,German troops also called this medal the "Frozen Meat Medal" or the "Order of the Frozen Flesh" (Gefrierfleischorden).
Shown on the home page, this specimen represents to Collectors one of the most sought after Silver Grade Panzer Badge's known. This piece sets it's self apart from those more commonly struck in silvered zinc. Difficult to aquire, and very scarce, this Badge is struck in Nickel Silver.
The bronze grade Infantry assault badge was instituted on the 1st of June, 1940. It was awarded to motorized/mechanized Infantry troops according the same criteria as the Silver grade badge.
Obverse and reverse of the Eastern Front ribbon.
This Infantry assault badge is struck in zinc, and retains 95% of the bronze finish. It is an exceptional specimen, as most zinc badges lose their finish through time.
Although unmarked, this badge shows die characteristics known to the manufacture "C.E.Juncker", and is identified by collectors as the "J-1 Varient". These close up frames show deatail of the brass wire catch and nickel silver hinge and pin.
Infantry Assault Badge
General Assault Badge
The Bronze grade Panzer badge was instituted on June 6th, 1940. This combat award was presented to the crews of armoured vehicles other than tanks, who engaged in three battles, on three separate days.
This close up view of the reverse show's an "Adolf Scholze" back mark.
The Panzer Badge was introduced on 20 December 1939, and was instituted by order of Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch. This combat award was presented to tank commanders, gunners or radio operators who engaged in three battles on three separate days. Presentation of these badges was usually done at a regimental or divisional level.
The General Assault Badge was awarded to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS and Ordnungspolizei (order police) who supported an infantry attack, but were not part of an Infantry unit, and therefore did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge. It was instituted by General Walther von Brauchitsch on June 1st, 1940
The Infantry Assault Badge was awarded to Waffen-SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers. This decoration was instituted on December 20th, 1939 by the Commander in Chief of the German Army, Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Brauchitsch. It was awarded to members of non motorized Infantry units, and units of the Gebirgsjäger (Mountain troops) that had participated in infantry assaults, with light infantry weapons, on at least three separate days of battle in the front line on or after January 1st, 1940.
This Bronze grade Panzer badge is struck in zinc. Bronzing is evident on the obverse and reverse of this specimen. The ball hinge, flat wire catch and pin are made of brass.
These views show the hinge, catch and pin assembly.
Close up image of the maker mark and crimped hinge.
Struck in fine zinc, this specimen shows excellent detail. The reverse of this badge is struck incused, and is known to collectors as a "Hollow Back" type.
Eastern Front Medal
This Infantry Assault badge is struck in zinc, and retains 100% of the silvering on the obverse and reverse sides. Under magnification, remnants of a lacquer coating can be seen, which contributed greatly to the preservation of the silvering.
In the first frame, a clear image of the maker mark F,O, (Friedrich Orth, Wien) can be seen below the hinge. The second frame shows a close up of the block hinge with the pin in the open position.
The Eastern Front medal is constructed from zinc. Originally, the helmet and rim of this medal was silvered. This specimen no longer retains the silvering but displays beautiful detail.
Manufactured by Gebrüder Schneider,Vienna, these reverse images show a unique construction method of crimping the hinge and catch to the badge.
Close up view of the Nation Eagle.