|General Assault Badge|
General Assault Badge
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|Campaign||World War II|
|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.
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,
- neither being eligible for the Infantry Assault Badge or Panzer Badge. Note that the requirements are otherwise identical to those for the Infantry Assault Badge.
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.
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