Panzer Assault Badge Silver made by Hymmen

Hi Collectors,

today I like to show you a special Panzer Assault Badge out of my collection. It is a really rare Hymmen badge, hollow and made of tombak.

Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen , Panzerkampfabzeichen Silber
Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen

It measures 59 mm in height and 41 mm width. It weighs about 15 Gramm. Shows a German tank on a grass filed (without flowers).

As you can see the swastika is polished and shines like a mirror. There are no signs of wear on the front side, the silver finish is extremely good and nearly untouched.

If you look on the backside you find a round wire catch which holds a long round pin with a sharp pin tip. The hinge is formed like a block hinge and attached on the backside of the eagle.

To the history of the Panzer Assault Badge:

Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen , Panzerkampfabzeichen Silber
Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen

The Panzer Assault Badge in silver was instituted by on December the 20th, 1939 by Walther von Brauchitsch who was a Generaloberst in the Wehrmacht.

It was instituted as an award to all ranks of tank personnel who served as a tank commander, driver, gunner or radio operator and had been involved in three different armored assaults on three different days. The institution order indicated the criteria for award of the badge was to be effective as of January 1st,  1940.

Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen , Panzerkampfabzeichen Silber
Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen

On June 1st, 1940 a Bronze version of the Panzer Assault Badge was introduced for award to Panzer-Grenadier, medical, and armored car personnel who participated in three different armored assaults on three different days.

Silver PAB given to the troops about 22.000

Bronze PAB given to the troops 12.500

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Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen , Panzerkampfabzeichen Silber
Panzer Assault Badge Silver hollow Hymmen

Wounded Badge in Gold 1939 L/53 (Hymmen)

This Wounded Badge in Gold 2. Form 1939 is from the collection of „Kanne“ who has a big variety of wounded badges in his drawers. He supported us with pictures of this one, because it is a rare maker L / 53 (Hymmen & Co., Lüdenscheid) which is not found very often on the market. All badges made by the company Hymmen are in a higher price area, so if a Hymmen submerges, it is always sold quickly.

Wounded Badge Gold L 53 Hymmen (1) Verwundetenabzeichen Gold
Wounded Badge Gold L 53 Hymmen

On this wounded badge you can clearly see that it has been worn in the field. That tells us the owner had several wounds during combat and was still on duty. So we can assume he didn´t lose a leg or arm. The badge was made of tombak with along round needle pin. The catch is rectangular (in this case bent through hard wear.) A nice badge which “has seen some action on the frontline”.

History behind the wounded badges:

Established on March 3rd, 1918 by Kaiser Wilhelm II to recognize the sacrifice of those who were wounded during the War 1914 –1918. Three classes were instituted. There was black, silver and gold which were given to the soldiers. Reflecting the number or severity of the wounds received.

Wounded Badge Gold L 53 Hymmen (3) Verwundetenabzeichen Gold
Wounded Badge Gold L 53 Hymmen

On May 22nd, 1939 Adolf Hitler re-instituted a slightly modified version of the wound badge with the addition of a swastika to the WWI pattern badge for award to German volunteers who had been wounded supporting the Spanish Nationalist Falangist serving in the Legion Condor (July 1936-March 1939). With the outbreak of World War II, on September 1st 1939 with the attack on Poland, Hitler was again re-instituted another slightly modified version of the wound badge by altering the World War I pattern helmet on the badge to the newly designed M35 style helmet of the Wehrmacht. The badge was awarded to both military and uniformed non-military personnel and

Wounded Badge Gold L 53 Hymmen (2) Verwundetenabzeichen Gold
Wounded Badge Gold L 53 Hymmen

later, (March 1943), to civilian personnel who received wounds as a result of enemy actions.

 

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