General Assualt Badge

The General Assault Badge - Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen - was a military decoration awarded during World War II to personnel of the German Army, Waffen-SS and Ordnungspolizei who participated in infantry attacks but were not part of specific infantry units and therefore did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge. It was instituted by General Walther von Brauchitsch on 1 June 1940.

The medal was originally designed for presentation to engineers, as well as members of the artillery, anti-aircraft and anti-tank who supported infantry units in combat. It could also be awarded to medical personnel attending to battlefield casualties. Prior to the introduction of the Tank Destruction Badge in March 1942, the General Assault Badge could be conferred for the single-handed destruction of eight tanks or armoured vehicles.

Other determining factors for award:

-Ineligibility for the Infantry Assault Badge.
-Participation in three infantry or armored attacks on three different days.
-Participation in three infantry or armored indirect assaults on three different days.
-Wounded in action.

 

Type: Badge
Eligibility: Military personnel
Awarded: for participation in infantry attacks that did not qualify for the Infantry Assault Badge
Campaign: World War II
Status: Obsolete
Established: 1 June 1940