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Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)

The Tank Combat badge, in German "Panzerkampfwagenabzeichen" was instituted on 20th December 1939 by the Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht, Generaloberst Walther von Brauchitsch. It was designed by Ernst Peekhaus from Berlin and was authorized for officers and enlisted men attached to armoured units from the date of 1st January 1940. One year later the name was changed into "Panzerkampfabzeichen". The recipient needed to have served either as tank commander, tank driver, tank gunner or tank radioman for a minimum of three tank battles on three different days. The decoration could be authorized by the Commander of the Panzer-Division. From 9th September 1942 it could also be authorized by Commanders of battalions.

Initially the badge was only presented in silver. A bronze version was authorized for members of Panzer-Grenadier regiments, medical personnel operating in armoured vehicles and personnel assigned to armoured cars on 1st June 1940. Here the recipient had to have participated in three fights with his weapon or armoured car on three different days. When on 22nd June 1943 the higher grades were instituted by Adolf Hitler, the silver version were only to be awarded to tankcrew in tankunits and the bronze version for tankcrew in Tank reconnaissance units. Crewmembers of Sturmgeschützeinheiten, Sturmpanzereinheiten and Panzerjägereinheiten in Panzerjägerabteilungen could now only receive the "Allgemeine Sturmabzeichen".

It was worn on the left breast of the uniform.
The decoration measures 41 to 43 mm in width, 60 to 62 mm in height and can weigh depending the maker between 17,4 and 37,1 grammes.

Mühleck, Karl* July 27th, 1920
† December 26th, 1944

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abbaß, Heinz-Dietrich (Schützen-Regiment 11)16-10-191719-03-1943
Abel, Friedrich (Panzer-Abteilung 21)  
Abel, Werner Ernst Hermann (Schützen-Regiment 33)22-05-191404-10-1943
Abele, Emil (Panzer-Regiment 35)14-05-191431-07-1993
Abendroth, von, Ferdinand Max Karl (Pz.Abt.301)04-01-191616-07-1944
Adam, Hermann Willi (302. Infanterie-Division)13-09-191126-08-1944
Adamek, Rudolf (Panzer-Regiment 6)09-06-191524-01-1944
Adler, Franz (schwere Panzerabteilung 506)  
Ahrens, Ullrich (SS-Panzer-Regiment 12)19-09-191514-08-1944
Alber, Robert13-10-190607-06-1988
Albert, Wilhelm (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 35)24-04-191715-12-2004more
Albrecht, Walter (Panzer-Regiment 7)  
Albrecht, Walter (WH-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 5)  
Algermissen, Walter Wilhelm (Pz.Abt. 116)10-06-191528-12-1944
Aller, Karl  
Altermann, Karl-Heinz (Pz-Gren.Reg. 25)04-06-192226-11-2013more
Ammann, Lothar Harry Arthur (Pz-Gren.Reg.101)12-08-190205-02-1943
Amselgruber, Thomas 'Amsel' (schw.SS-Pz-Abt. 501)18-12-1905 more
Angendohr, Kurt22-03-192306-02-1944
Angern, Günther05-03-189302-02-1943more
Apell, von, Wilhelm16-01-189207-03-1969more
Appel, Heinrich01-10-1920 more
Arendt, Velten-Reinhardt28-03-191923-03-1945more
Arius, Manfred (Panzer-Regiment 29)  
Arnim, von, Hans-Jürgen04-04-188901-09-1962more
Asbahr, Erhardt14-03-191417-07-1943
Aschermann, Hartmut (Panzer-Regiment 6)12-11-192113-05-2009
Assmann, Adolf (Panzer-Regiment 5)  
Astegher, Hans15-07-1916 
Aster, Hans-Heinrich28-10-1921 more
Auer, Heinrich  
Auert, Heinz11-06-192118-02-2002more

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