Panzer Recon Leutnant
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Panzer Reconnaissance Leutnant

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Panzer Recon Leutnant with yellow piped collar tabs and shoulder boards. Complete with Panzer headset, throat mikes, binoculars and goggles.

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.

Wound Badge (Verwundetenabzeichen) was a German military award for wounded or frost-bitten soldiers of the Wehrmacht, SS and the auxiliary service organizations 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 wound badge was awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye from hostile action (also partial loss of hearing), facial disfigurement or brain damage via hostile action.