GD Panzer Artillery Officer Candidate
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GD Panzer Artillery Officer Candidate

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Panzer Officer Candidate belonging to the elite “Grossdeutschland Panzer Division”. The branch of service is Panzer Artillery being that the collar tabs and shoulder boards are piped in Artillery red. The right sleeve has the unit distinct cufftitle and the shoulder boards have “GD” metal cyphers. This soldier was also a veteran of the “Kuban” campaign prior to joining the Grossdeutschland Division.

The Großdeutschland Division was an elite Heer combat unit of the German Wehrmacht that fought on the Eastern Front in World War II. The Großdeutschland was considered to be the premier unit of the German Army and as such it was one of best-equipped unit of the German Armed Forces, receiving equipment before all other units.

The Kuban Shield / Ärmelschild Kuban was instituted on September 21, 1943 to commemorate those who fought to preserve the bridgeheads in the Kuban region from February 1943 until they were abandoned in October. Each recipient was entitled to five copies of the award, and more could be purchased, if needed.

The establishment of the General Assault Badge / Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen was confirmed in June 1940 “for awarding those military credits, which did not come in question for the Infantry assault badge (Infantriesturmabzeichen)” like pioneers, tank hunters or members of assault artillery “Sturmartillerie” and antiaircraft “Luftschutz” units.

The badge was awarded to soldiers, which attended from 1 December 1940 “three military assaults on the front line with weapons in their hands and penetrated in three different fighting days”. The awarding should be made by the commander of the division or him equal superiors.

The recipient of the badge received with the badge also an award document. The General Assault Badge was attached on the left chest side with a vertical brooch. It was awarded around 460.000 times.

The War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords Kriegsverdienst Kreuz 1. klasse was instituted on September 1st, 1939. The soldier had to be a recipient of the War Merit Cross 2.Class and either perform an act of bravery against the enemy or acts which are above the military obligations.

Production of the decoration was in progress until the end of the war. There were 483,603 decorations with swords awarded.

The Silver Wound Badge / Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber was awarded for being wounded or frost-bitten during the Second World War. It was ultimately one of the most common of all Third Reich decorations, yet also one of the most highly prized, since it had to be “bought with blood”. The silver grade was awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye from hostile action facial disfigurement or brain damage via hostile action.