WWII GERMAN GENERAL ASSAULT BADGE -
This is a German WWII General Assault Badge.
The badge was authorized by General Von Brauschitsch on June 1st of 1940. It was designed by the Ernst
Peekhaus company which was based on Berlin. As it is the case with many other German badges its creation
was left to artists who employed a mix of symbolism between common military hardware and objects that
Requirements for the General Assault Badge
The following is a list of the requirements a soldier must meet in order to earn the badge.
|| DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENTS
The soldier had to take part in three different infantry or armoured assaults in three different days.
The recipient had to take part in three different indirect infantry or armoured assaults in three different days.
To have been wounded while taking part in the direct or indirect combat action.
To have won a decoration in the execution of requirement 1 or 2.
The recipient of the general assault badge could not be eligible for the
Infantry Assault badge.
As the awads were mutually exclusive.
The badge was worn under the top left front pocket of the tunic. The soldier seems to have had some
liberty in its exact placement as several photos from the period reveal that not all soldiers wore it
in the same place.
The General Assault badge was issued inside a paper bag which came in a varierty of colors depending
on the company that manufactured it.
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The design of the badge consists of an oval shape wreath surrounding the army eagle which is clutching a
swastika with both feet. The eagle is cut out, meaning that there is empty space between its body and
the wreath, except in the parts where the eagle attaches to the wreath.
Just below the swastika lies a
bayonet for the
K-98 rifle . The items are crossing each
other, where the tip of the bayonet faces to the left. The wings of the eagle are retracted. Its head is
facing right. very nice detailing to the plumeage. The badge is made of
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German badges and awards. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
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The back of the badge is hollowed. A vertical pin
is hinged at the top of the oval. A catch placed in the opposite side secures the pin shut. The shape
of the pin was rounf and not very thick. The hinged end has a similar curvature as the letter "S".
When in the closed position the very tip can touch the body of the badge creating a wear mark.
The badge was worn on the tunic
by running the pin through a series of loops (two or more) that were sewn to the jacket.
There are no
or RZM markings present on this example.
However, some of the badges may contain markings.
By the Numbers
It is hard to determine the exact number of General Assault bages that were produced. However, thanks to the record
keeping maintained by the Wehrmacht, it is possible to find how many shields were actually issued.
There were over 200,000 General Assault badges issued during the war.
The General Assault badge was issued along with an award document. Not all documents were identical. variations can
be found from unit to unit. A few things that all documents would have in common are the signature of the
officer who awarded the shield and the state seal.
Collecting Third Reich Badges
Collecting Third Reich memorabilia is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Europe
bringing back military souvenirs. German soldiers wore many of their awards on their uniforms when they went to
battle. Once the soldier was killed or captured, the American soldiers would take the awards as war trophies.
Eventually all these pieces came back to the United States where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.
In trying to determine if you should collect General Assault badges there are certain factors that should be
The adjacent table outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of collecting the General Assault badges.
| WWII GERMAN GENERAL ASSAULT BADGE VARIATIONS
The German Army General Assault badge was produced by several manufacturers and in different configurations. The following section
displays some of the different types that were manufactured.
This award is currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.
If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
WWII German Badges and Awards
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.