Badge 'Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen - Alois Rettenmaier'
Very nice allgemeines sturmabzeichen in good condition. The allgemeines sturmabzeichen is in good condition, and for a zinc variant still very neat, unlike so many other zinc pieces whose finish has been completely lost. Very nice allgemeines sturmabzeichen from the manufacturer Alois Rettenmaier, the badge is not visible maker marked. All in all a great piece for display in the showcase, or to upgrade a uniform. Here's some background information, the Sturmabzeichen (Dutch: "Algemeen Storminsigne") was a decoration of the German army, the Wehrmacht, during the Second World War. Approximately 460,000 copies have been issued. The silver Panzerkampfabzeichen was the first award of its kind. Later the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen and the Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen followed. The foundation of this award was already considered during the Polish Campaign in September 1939 by the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Walther von Brauchitsch. The German high command realized that the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen could be issued too limited according to the rules. No comparable award was available for gallantly attacking cavalrymen, engineers and artillery. Actually it is only called "Sturmabzeichen" but the name "Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen" was already widely accepted during the war. This new award, instituted on 1 June 1940, made up for that deficiency. German officers, non-commissioned officers and men who did not qualify for Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen or Panzerkampfabzeichen could receive this general insignia.