The Heer and SS, constituting the bulk of the land armies of the Reich, shared the badges that are covered in the following pages. The land battle badges were earned only after enduring the closest, most personal and brutal form of warfare; Infantry Combat. Some badges required that infantry “see the white” in the enemies eyes. They were prestigious and worn only by the Wehrmacht legions of battle harden veterans. Numbered Badges were very difficult to attain, they were earned only after extensive and proficient action.
These awards also covered the new weapons used during World War II. Panzer Badges were created to decorate both blitzkriegs attacking tank crews and defensive tank hunting personnel. The numbered badges were highly esteemed, and were reserved for the most skilled and lucky armor aces.
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