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General Assault Badge

 

General Assault Badge

General Assault Badge
Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen

General Assault Badge
Awarded by Nazi Germany
Type Badge
Eligibility Military personnel
Campaign World War II
Statistics
Established 1 June 1940

The General Assault Badge (Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen) was a military decoration awarded during World War II to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS and Ordnungspolizei who were neither in unmotorised rifle, Gebirgsjäger (see Infantry Assault Badge) or tank (see Panzer Badge) units.

Instituted on 1 June 1940, the General Assault Badge was awarded to engineers (Pionier), motorised infantry as well as to those troops who supported infantry and armor units in combat. Also included were artillery, anti-tank (PaK) and anti-aircraft (Flak) units as well as some medics.[1]

Criteria

The badge was to be awarded to persons participating in:

  • three infantry assaults,
  • in the first line,
  • breaking through with weapon at hands,
  • on three different days after 1 January 1940,

Design

The design was an eagle clutching a swastika over a simple crossed bayonet and grenade, surrounded by an oval of oak leaves. The award only came in a silver class.[2]

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