Germany - Third Reich: General Assault Badge, Special Grade 2nd Class for 25 Assault Days, reverse bearing steel wide tapered pin and makers marked ‘R’ For Rudolf A. Karneth & Sohne, Gablonz an der Neiße. A superb example of type and Rare.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine, for an additional condition report read below.
The obverse side with excellent finish remaining to the oak leaf wreath, good chemically patinated grey finish to the highly impressive down swept wing national eagle with the swastika within its claws. Minor losses to the finish on the blade of the K98 bayonet and the head of the M.34 stick grenade. To the reverse side the maker’s logo of ‘RK’ in raised relief within a circle, its standard steel wide tapering pin, original hook and hinge all in place. Four delicately fitted domed rivets, which attach the eagle to the main wreath, excellent condition overall.
The General Assault Badge was instituted on 1st June 1940 and was originally designed for presentation to engineers, as well as members of the artillery, anti-aircraft and anti-tank who supported infantry units during in combat. It could also be awarded to medical personnel attending to battlefield casualties. Prior to the introduction of the Tank Destruction Badge in March 1942, the General Assault Badge could be conferred for the single-handed destruction of eight tanks or armoured vehicles.
From 22 June 1943, the medal was adapted with a small plate at the base with either 25, 50, 75 or 100 to recognise those soldiers that had taken part in numerous attacks. These were known as grades II through V, accordingly. On the Class IV and Class V badges the oak leaves which run around the circumference on each side of the medal, along with the bayonet and hand grenade, were larger in size. Further the wreath was gold in colour.