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Panzer Recon Officer Aufklarungs Regiment 9

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Panzer Recon Officer with yellow piped collar, collar tabs and shoulder boards. This officer is from Aufklarungs Regiment 9 – of the 4 leichte Division. Complete with Panzer Officers overseas cap with yellow soutache. He has been awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class, the Bronze Tank Assault badge and the War Merit Cross 2nd Class.

This gorgeous wrap is featured in the Uniforms, Insignia and Ephemera section of the awesome book “Scouts Out” written by Robert Edwards. The original Panzer skulls were replaced with sewn on skulls. These however have now been removed and the correct 2 prong skulls have been expertly applied exactly over the original outlined shadows.

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 bait, 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.