Panzer Grenadier NCO M44 Tunic
Panzergrenadier Feldwebel in M44 tunic. Really neat NCO eagle and well decorated with EK I / Infantry Assault in Bronze / Black Wound Badge and Close Combat Clasp in Bronze. He has a crusher style visor cap worn in a very jaunty way.
The term Panzergrenadier was not adopted until 1942. Infantry in panzer divisions from 1937 onwards were known as Schützen Regiments; they wore the same rose pink piping on their uniforms as the tank crews with an “S” cypher.
Soldiers in special Motorized Infantry units wore the standard white piping of the Infantry. In 1942 Infantry Regiments were renamed as Grenadier Regiments and the Schützen regiments began to be redesignated as Panzergrenadier regiments, as did Motorized Infantry units and soldiers.
Their Waffenfarbe was also changed from either white (in the case of Motorized Infantry) or rose pink to a meadow-green shade previously worn by motorcycle troops.
The Bronze Infantry Assault Badge was instituted on June 1st , 1940 by the Oberstbefehlshaber des Heeres, Generalfeldmarschall von Brauchitsch. It was awarded to members of motorized Infantry units and units of the Gebirgsjäger that had participated in Infantry assaults, with light Infantry weapons, on at least three days of battle in the front line as from January 1, 1940.
The Bronze Close Combat Clasp was institued on November 25th, 1942 and was awarded for 15 days of close quarter fighting. A total of 36,400 bronze clasps were awarded.
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