WW2 GERMAN NAZI GENERAL ASSAULT BADGE IN SILVER
WW2 GERMAN NAZI GENERAL ASSAULT BADGE IN SILVER. MAKER MARKED R.S. (RUDOLF SOUVAL OF VIENNA). NICE SILVER & AGED FROSTING FINISH WITH AGE PATINA OVERALL. SHOWS GOOD USE OVERALL.
General von Brauchitsch instituted the General Assault Badge on January 1st, 1940. The badge, designed by the firm of Ernst Peekhaus of Berlin, was to be awarded to those German soldiers who participated in infantry attacks but were not part of infantry units and therefore did not quality for the Infantry Assault Badge. The General Assault Badge consisted of an oval disk that measured 53mm by 42mm and was 6mm wide. The disk had raised edges and fine pebbling in the background, with and wreath of oak leaves made of 5 parts laid on each side. This oak leave wreath begins at two acorns located at the base of the badge. The protruding stick grenade and bayonet separate the first two wreaths, while acorns fill the last two separations. The centre feature consists of a Wehrmacht Eagle clutching a swastika in its talons. The eagle surmounts a crossed bayonet and a stick grenade, which as mentioned above protruded into the oval disk. As with most badges the quality of detail in the General Assault Badge is mostly standard, but the quality of materials was not always the same and as a result some of the badges have lost their finish with the passing of time, yielding a grey appearance.