Archive for the War & Wound Badges Category
The Infantry Assault Badge (German: Infanterie Sturmabzeichen) was a German war badge awarded to Waffen SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers during World War II. This decoration was instituted on December 20, 1939 by the Oberstbefehlshaber des Heeres, Generalfeldmarschall von Brauchitsch. It could be awarded to members of non-motorized Infantry units and units of the Gebirgsjäger that had participated in Infantry assaults, with light Infantry weapons, on at least three days of battle in the front line as from January 1, 1940. When a counter offensive led to fighting at short distance, it could also apply. Award of the Infanterie Sturmabzeichen was authorized at regimental command level or above. The first two awards were given to an officer and an enlisted soldier on a special occasion on May 28, 1940, by von Brauchitsch himself.
The General Assault Badge (Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen) was a military decoration awarded during World War II to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS and Ordnungspolizei who were neither in unmotorised rifle, Gebirgsjäger (see Infantry Assault Badge) or tank (see Panzer Badge) units.
This example is unmarked.
This badge, manufactured by Rudolf Souval, is the War Badge for land based artillery and anti-aircraft belonging to the Kriegsmarine (Kriegsabzeichen für Marineartillerie). Of course being manufactured by Souval, it’s just as likely to have been made yesterday, but in this case it is “consistent” with wartime manufacture. Meh.
This is the Pilot Badge for the Luftwaffe. The badge is unmarked, made from a non-ferrous tombak and has lost all of its gilting. Nevertheless it is well made, and sharp in detail so I like it :). Some internet creature has told me this badge is made by Osang. I hope not since Osang never made this badge :)