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General Assault Badge

Three of the four different types of General Assault Badge. Note that the 75 rank badge normally has a gold coating around the eagle.

The General Assault Badge was an award that was given by Germany during World War II.

Description

It was awarded to German Pioneers (engineers) and soldiers who operated artillery/AT Guns. The badge was established on January 1st, 1940. The qualifications for the medal were as followed. One must not be elegible for the Infantry Assault Badge, one must have fought in at least three different assaults or military combat operations, one had to be wounded during the above military operations, and finally, one must have won a decoration while carrying out the second qualification.[1]

The Badge itself has a German Eagle on the front with a bayonet and Model 24 Stielhandgranate in an X shape below it. The eagle and grenade/knife were surrounded by oak leaves. The badge was 48mm long and had a diameter of 58mm. The total width was 7mm and the first version of the medal, the 25 had a little box on the bottom which had the numbers 25. It is important to note that in total, there were four different types of medals and the higher levels had gold-coated oak leaves while the lower had silver.

The different types of General Assault Badge were created in 1943 to honor the large amounts of battle-weary veterans who had fought for years. The first two levels, 25 and 50 were very similar in appearance and similar in construction. All badges had a single pin and were not hollow. The 75 and 100 levels looked a little different from the original, having golden oak leaves and they were much harder to attain. To get the 50 level, one needed to have fought in ten different battles, 75 was fifteen, and 100 required twenty-five.[2] In total, about 200,000 General Assault Badges were awarded during World War II.

References

  1. http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/german/badges/general_assault_badge.php
  2. http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/war_badges/heer/general_assault.htm


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