General Assault Badge
|General Assault Badge
design by Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|Awarded for||participation in infantry attacks that did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge|
|Campaign||World War II|
|Established||1 June 1940|
Correct wearing of the General Assault Badge by a Hauptfeldwebel.
The General Assault Badge (German: Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen) was a military decoration awarded during World War II to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS and Ordnungspolizei who participated in infantry attacks but were not part of specific infantry units and therefore did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge. It was instituted by General Walther von Brauchitsch on 1 June 1940.
The decoration, designed by the Berlin-based firm of Wilhelm Ernst Peekhaus, was an oval disk that measured 5.3 cm (2 in) by 4.2 cm (2 in) by .6 cm (0 in) wide. A wreath of five oak leaves runs around the circumference on each side of the medal with a pair of acorns at the base. Inside the wreath is a large Wehrmacht-style eagle with folded wings grasping a swastika which itself surmounts a crossed bayonet and stick grenade. The medal was held in place on the uniform with a pin and catch.
From 6 June 1943, the medal was adapted with a small plate at the base with either 25, 50, 75 or 100 to recognise those soldiers that had taken part in numerous attacks.
Criteria for award
The medal was originally designed for presentation to engineers, as well as members of the artillery, anti-aircraft and anti-tank who supported infantry units during in combat. It could also be awarded to medical personnel attending to battlefield casualties. Prior to the introduction of the Tank Destruction Badge in March 1942, the General Assault Badge could be conferred for the single-handed destruction of eight tanks or armoured vehicles.
Other determining factors for award:
- Ineligibility for the Infantry Assault Badge.
- Participation in three infantry or armored attacks on three different days.
- Participation in three infantry or armored indirect assaults on three different days.
- Wounded in action.