Infantry Assault Badge
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.
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.
Obverse and reverse of the Eastern Front ribbon.
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.
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.
General Assault Badge
These views show the hinge, catch and pin assembly.
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).
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