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Title Tank crew assault badge
Nationality German
Period 1921
Price £500.00

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.

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[Militaria : Badges : German : 20th Century]

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I have now collected from depot and am very satisfied with the bayonet. Many thanks once again for your excellent service.

S H, UK, 04.02.2012

The buckle arrived today in good order, many thanks for the speedy delivery. A nice buckle, as described, and a welcome addition to my collection. Will revisit your website regularly for other items of interest.

L M, Channel Islands, 30.01.2009

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