Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver)


SKU: 01.GTR.0602.104.02.000

Estimated market value:

$100 USD

  • Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver) Obverse
  • Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver) Reverse
  • Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver) Obverse
  • Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver) Reverse
  • Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver) Detail
  • Infantry Assault Badge, by Gottlieb & Wagner (in silver) Detail

Estimated market value:

$100 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silvered Zinc
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

(Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber). Constructed of silvered feinzink the shape of an oval shaped oak wreath, with a national eagle clutching a swastika on the top and a bowtie on the bottom. Diagonally across the badge is a Karabiner 98k with the bayonet attached to the front of the barrel and the carrying sling hanging from the rifle; the reverse plain; with a vertical round wire pinback, a crimped sheet metal hinge, and a crimped round wire catch; unmarked, but displaying the typical manufacturing characteristics of Gottlieb & Wagner; measuring 46.57 mm (w) x 61.31 mm (h); weighing 28.0 grams; in overall very fine condition.


The Infantry Assault Badge was instituted by Generaloberst von Brauchitsch on December 20, 1939, and was conferred upon infantrymen who demonstrated their bravery and merit in combat. In order to receive the award, an individual had to participate in three or more front line attacks on at least three different days. Counter attacks and reconnaissance counted as an attack.

The Silver Badge was awarded to men of infantry and mountain troop regiments. In special cases, this included ground combat units of the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine. Members of the Waffen-SS and police forces were also eligible if they met the prerequisites. It was first awarded in late May of 1940. The Bronze Badge was awarded to men of motorized regiments and was first awarded in early June of 1940.

The badge was originally designed by C.E. Junker in Berlin, but a variety of makers started producing these badges using dies from other makers, or by making their own dies.

The badge can be found in different variations, either hollow die-stamped, semi-hollow die-stamped, or solid die-cast/die forged. The type of hinges and catches used on the badge depend upon the manufacturer. Screwbacks with a circular corrugated patterned plate are very rare.

Some badges were maker marked, others left unmarked, and some carried the company’s LDO number, indicating production for the private retail market.

It is unknown how many Infantry Assault Badges were awarded, but estimates are as high as several million.

Since some companies used very similar designs compared to other local makers, these have been combined in the same design category. There is a large number of makers and variations, which is why not necessarily all versions for every single maker can be shown here.

The S.H.&Co. design is named after the company of Sohni, Heubach &. Co. from Idar-Oberstein. Initially, all unmarked badges in the same style were attributed to this company, however it is now known that at least one other company used the same design, yet didn’t maker-mark their badges: Gottlieb & Wagner. Other examples in this design without maker marks may or may not be attributed to one of the above mentioned companies or one or more as of yet unknown additional makers.


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