Tank Destruction Badge – Mint. Stunning unissued Tank Destruction Badge in Silver with no condition issues. The field gray cotton backing is intact and in excellent condition. The tank is magnetic and was factory coated with a dark bronze/black color finish that is close to 100 percent present. There are no stitch holes and it is clear that this was never worn. This is a verified textbook original Tank Destruction Badge in Silver, that would be essentially impossible to upgrade. Beautiful and very desirable.
The Tank Destruction Badge – Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer -was awarded to individuals of the Wehrmacht who had single-handedly destroyed an enemy tank or an armored combat vehicle using a hand-held weapon. Anti-tank units were ineligible for this award. It was established on 9 March 1942, but could be awarded for actions dating back to 22 June 1941 (the start of Operation Barbarossa – German invasion of the Soviet Union). Prior to the introduction of this award, the soldier would be awarded the General Assault Badge for the action. Soldiers who destroyed more than one tank could be awarded and wear a corresponding number of Tank Destruction Badges. On 18 December 1943, the OKH (German Army High Command) introduced a gold class that recognized the single-handed destruction of five tanks. A soldier could therefore have four silver badges which would all be replaced by a gold version upon the destruction of a fifth tank (to which separate silver could be added thereafter). (5222ie) LH10881