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Title Tank crew assault badge
Nationality German
Period 1921
Price £700.00

This die-struck badge was awarded by the Weimar Republic to WW1 tank crews who had served in three assaults or been wounded in the course of one. The soldier had to apply for the badge and, once he had received the award document, would privately purchase the badge. Sepp Dietrich, commander of the LAH, wore this in 1940 photos.

This example (6.5 by nearly 4.5 cm) is made of base metal, probably nickel, with a silver finish to the front, weighing 14 grammes .According to Detlev Niemann's catalogue (2004) only some 100 award documents were issued, making it arguably the scarcest of WW1 retrospective badges of the Weimar era. The badges were made both in hallmarked silver and base metal. The patina on the reverse is dark brown, typically indicative of aged nickel.

There is a little wear to the highlights on the wreath, cross bones and the top edge of the tank, with the base metal showing through the silver finish. Otherwise it is in excellent shape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : German : 20th Century]


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R L, UK, 26.02.2010

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

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