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ARMY TANK ASSAULT WAR BADGES
Instituted on 20th December 1939 for Silver badges & 1st June 1940 for Bronze badges

The Panzer or Tank battle badge was like the others in the set, (Infantry and General ) given for surviving three or more assaults on three separate days. The award also comes in two grade being Silver for the Panzer crews and Bronze for the crews of assault guns and armoured cars etc. The award like the others can range from high quality silver and bronze plated metal right down to base zinc with a silver/bronze wash sometimes applied.

Known Makers are

A, AS, AS within a Triangle, AWS 1942, EWE, FLC, FLL 43,

Frank & Reif Stutgart, HA, KWM, L/53, RK, RRS, RS, W, Small "W"

Please note this is not a complete listing

(CS129) A Tank Badge in Silver being an unmarked example with a countersunk hinge and soldered hook. The badge has some oxidisation marks to it as can be seen from the scan. It is believed the badge could possibly have been a bronze grade although this is open to debate. The badge has nice detailing and priced for condition. The badge has been used in a new magazine ("A GUIDE TO COLLECTING GERMAN MILITARIA" printed 2018) and is described on page 63 as a "Tank destruction Badge". (This is not the case but it is a Tank battle badge ) GBP 160.00 (UK Pounds)

(CS1446) A Bronze Panzer Badge being an unmarked example that has been assigned to the firm of Steinhauer & Luck, though this has not been verified. The badge has a countersunk hinge and hook fitted to the reverse, with a nice working needle pin. The front shows very good detailing. The badge retains virtually all of its olive bronze colour. Very scarce to find GBP 250.00 (UK Pounds)

(MC804) A German Silver Army Panzer Assault Badge by the maker HA for Hermann Aurich. The badge is a grey zinc example and has toned over the years to a slate grey, though the fittings are heavily silver plated. The hinge and hook are countersunk into the back of the badge. The badge is of standard quality and construction for this maker. Very nice detailing. Probably one of the most classic makers of the panzer badge.. The badge was recently discovered in a biscuit tin, by an old soldier's family, after he died. There were also his service papers and other awards. GBP 250.00 (UK Pounds)

(GE3) A Silver Tank Assault Battle badge for 25 engagements by the well known maker of "JFS" and marked as such, to the righthand 3 o clock position within a box. The badge has all the textbook features associated with this maker and as such, we feel it is competitively priced. The badge has a magnetic hinge and hook and has a central kink to the badge where it has been worn and used in service . The badge is approximately 61.8 mm high. Becoming very difficult to find. Layaway can be arranged. GBP 2250.00 (UK Pounds)

(L412)A Nice example of a Near Mint maker marked FLL Silver Panzer Badge. The badge has toned to the front a light grey whereas the back still retains the aluminium coated finish. The badge is unworn and ex stores condition and has been stored away for several years. Nice to find. This is a textbook example complete with the die flaw.

GBP 265.00 (UK Pounds)

(L414) A Nice example of a Silver Panzer Badge by the maker Hermann Aurich, and marked HA on the reverse of the badge just above the hook, being the type with the countersunk hook and unique hinge, only found on Aurich examples of the panzer badge. The badge is of mid war zinc construction and has absorbed its silver finish. Having said this, it is still a nice example of a hard to find maker marked panzer badge.

GBP 250.00 (UK Pounds)

(M593 ) A nice example of a completely flat back Bronze Panzer Badge. The badge retains most of the bronze wash that has faded over the years. The badge also has a nice pin hinge and hook arrangement soldered to the reverse and has horizontal machine lines running from left to right. A nice quality die struck badge in very good condition. A nice variation for the panzer badge collector.

GBP 195.00 (UK Pounds)

(R235) A Nice example of a flat backed Tank Badge in Silver. This has a nice hinge and hook fitting to the reverse and shows a machined finish. Of reasonable quality, the award retains most of its original aluminium finish to the front and back. There are no maker's marks I can see. In good condition. GBP 175.00 (UK Pounds)

(S347) A Very Nice example of an RS Tank Badge being the type with the wide bladed pin. This is the type with the rounded lettering and has a nice hook soldered onto a plate with is affixed to the reverse of the badge and you have a cut out lip plate to take the hinge. The badge appears to be a bronze example and has the usual die flaws accepted for all wartime Souval badges. A very Scarce example to find especially with this sturdier pin, hinge and hook fitting, not the normal needle pin fixing, as often found this is one of only a couple of types found with this pin fitting . GBP 295.00 (UK Pounds)

(S641) A Late 1957 Silver Panzer Badge. The badge is probably dating from the late 1960's early 70's and although of nice quality and construction, not a patch on the original third reich type. There is no cutting out around the gun and the grass in front of the tank is worn out, ie plain. All in all though, still a nice badge in good condition. GBP 40.00 (UK Pounds)

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