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Assault Gun Officer with Iron Cross 1st Class and Bronze Tank Assault badge. Beautiful NCO pinch visor cap with Panzer headset, throat mikes and binoculars.

The Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse) was instituted on September 1st, 1939. The soldier had to be a recipient of the Iron Cross 2nd Class and had to perform three to five acts of bravery above the military obligations.
There were 450,000 decorations awarded during WW2.

The Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze (Panzerkampfabzeichen in Bronze) was instituted on 1 June 1940. It was awarded to members of infantry regiments, members of motorized and tank recon units, which have proven themselves in battle at least three times in three different days.

Members of tank recon units mostly had an ungrateful and very dangerous task. They had to recognize potential resistance for progress in front of the tank units. They had to discover obstacles like hidden infantry units, machinegun nests or placements of artillery, which later got destroyed by tanks, which were called by radio.

Usually tank recon units were nothing more than bate, which should take the first fire. The positions of the enemy were so discovered and the precious tanks could then relatively unthreatened proceed, since recon took the fire on themselves. Because of their modest armor protection, tank recon units were usually completely destroyed. There were around 12.600 Panzer Assault Badges in Bronze awarded.