This silver-class “Infanterie Sturmabzeichen” is not marked but constitutes a real collector’s rarity, being a late production of the famous manufacturer C.E. Juncker in Berlin.
This badge was made in a high-percentage zinc alloy and, before being wet in silver, was covered by a layer of copperthat had the function of allowing a better adhesion of silver on the zinc below.
This process is clearly visible because in the places where the silver has disappeared, the golden color of the copper comes to light.
There are very few specimens available on the collector’s market with these construction characteristics. In the world of Anglo-Saxon collector is known by the name “slim stalk” (thin stem).
The badge was published on the famous American forum “Wehrmacht-Awards Forum” collecting unanimous favorable opinions on its originality by the forum’s experts. It is, of course, guaranteed by us as such without time restrictions even with regard to future third-party buyers.
The badge was designed by Berliner C.E. Juncker on the orders of OKH and the silver version was established on 20 December 1939 by Generaloberst von Brauchitsch. It had to be worn on the lower part of the jacket of each uniform but it was not allowed to wear it on the coat.
The bronze version was introduced on June 1, 1940 and was intended to reward members of motorized infantry units.
The assignment criteria were as follows:
– taking part in three or more motorised infantry attacks
– taking part in three or more counterattacks of motorized infantry or the two things together
– taking part in three or more armed motorized reconnaissance missions
– having participated in three different days in the recapture of motorized combat positions
The badge, made of different materials depending on the war period was of two types: flat like this or concave and lighter. Usually the badge was delivered in a simple package of paper, on which the name of the decoration was printed, only a few manufacturers of particular prestige provided it wrapped in veline paper inside boxes of cardboard “marbled” of various types.