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Title 26 Panzer Division 'tradition' cap badge
Nationality German
Period c 1941-45

This delightful little badge (3.5 x 2.2 cms) has to be one of the rarest of its genre. It represents a Prussian Grenadier in his mitre cap with his pigtail extending beyond the circlet. 26 Panzer Division was raised in Berlin, October 1942, serving at Anzio & Cassino 1943, and on the Adriatic coast in 1944 where it had a distinguished career.

Heering-Husken in 'Katalog der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945' (published in 1997), page 190, ref. 9832, attributes this badge to the 26 Panzer Division, which consisted of: 26th Panzer regiment; 9th & 67th Panzer Grenadiers; 93rd Panzer artillery regiment.

The badge is made of pot metal, with little tin clips behind for attachment to the side or peak cap, depending on the wearer's preference. The condition is excellent for its age, though the pot metal now has a dark patinated finish, whereas it may originally have been somewhat brighter.

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[Militaria : Badges : Third Reich : Army]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Just picked up the bayonet,

I'm very pleased with it.

P E, UK, 11.10.2012