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M-057a

WWII German Army Numbered Panzer Assault Badge for 25 Engagements

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WWII German Army Numbered Panzer Assault Badge for 25 Engagements-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 days of actual combat that the soldier had accumulated. This specific example in silver represents 25 days, as indicated by the number 25 in the separate box which has been riveted to the bottom of the badge. The original silver finish on the wreath and National emblem is 80% intact. The separately attached, charcoal finished tank retains a majority of the finish as well. The details remain mostly intact, with no visible wear. The reverse is pebbled and features a crimped block hinge with a coke bottle-shaped (magnetic) pin. The catch is square wire, crimped into a round base, which is soldered to the reverse. This example is unmarked but mostly likely produced by Rudolf Karneth. A highly sought-after item!