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combat infantry-man badge

Infantry Assault Badge

The Infantry Assault Badge (Infanterie Sturmabzeichen) was a German war badge that was awarded to Waffen SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers during WWII.

Classes

Silver

The silver class was instituted on December 20, 1939 by the commander of the OKH, Walther von Brauchitsch, it was awarded to infantry soldiers, after following one of those criteria:

  • To have taken part in three or more infantry assaults.
  • To have taken part in three or more infantry counter-attacks.
  • To have taken part in three or more armed reconnaissance operations.
  • To have engaged in hand to hand combat in an assault position.
  • To have participated on three separate days in the restitution of combat positions.

Bronze

The bronze class was instituted on June 1, 1940, it's was awarded to motorized Panzer troops, after following one of those criteria:

  • To have taken part in three or more motorized infantry assaults.
  • To have taken part in three or more motorized infantry counter-attacks.
  • To have taken part in three or more motorized armed reconnaissance operations.
  • To have been engaged in hand to hand combat in motorized assault positions.
  • To have participated on three separate days, in the restitution of a motorized combat position.

Design

The badge was designed by the company C. E. Junker of Berlin, it's shape as oval, on each side there is four oak leaves, on the top of the badge there is an eagle standing on a swastika and there is a rifle across the badge, the reverse of the badge in plain and has a pin attached to it.

The 1957 design is exactly the same with the exception of the swastika which was removed.

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