Replica of Tank Destruction Badge in Gold (WWII German Badges) for Sale (by
Replica of Tank Destruction Badge in Gold (WWII German Badges) for Sale (by

Replica of Tank Destruction Badge in Gold

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Tank Destruction Badge in Gold

The Tank Destruction Badge (German: Sonderabzeichen für das Niederk?mpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelk?mpfer) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to individuals of the Wehrmacht who had single-handedly destroyed an enemy tank using a hand-held weapon. Anti-tank units were ineligible for this award. It was established by Adolf Hitler on 9 March, 1942, but could be awarded for actions dating back to June 22, 1941 (the start of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union).

On 18 December, 1943, a gold class was introduced that recognised 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).

The tank destruction badge featured a blackened 42mm by 18mm Panzer IV tank attached to a 88mm by 33mm silver ribbon. 2mm from the top and bottom edges ran a 4mm black stripe. The tank was attached through the ribbon via three prongs which were then bent over a metal plate, and covered backing cloth or cotton.

The gold award was similar except for a gold bullion wire background with black horizontal stripes. Early awards featured a silver wash to the tank, but later versions show the similar blackened tank of the silver class.

Silver - presented for each kill.
Gold - for five kills.

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