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Germany WW2 GAB – small w – Karl Wurster attributed – Late type

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Later version of the Karl Wurster GAB (small w maker mark at 11 o’clock position). Compared to the earlier version of the General assault badge of the same manufacturer it can be seen that the medal is:

– Of a different finish (silver coloured paint wash vs silver enamel paint / electrolyte)
– Uses a different Hinge (Folded stamped metal vs Block hinge)

The obverse detailing shows commonality with the earlier variant so one can assume that the moulds of the badge were not changed but re used with the new metal composition.

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Close up of the Wurster eagle

Close up of the Wurster eagle

Reverse showing hinge detail and change of hinge type from earlier version

Reverse showing hinge detail and change of hinge type from earlier version. The silver wash applied to the badge can be seen to be flaking where the zinc base metal of the badge is corroding. This is known as “zincpest”.

Karl Wursters recognisable manufactuer mark of a small w in the 11 o clock position on the reverse of the badge

Karl Wursters recognisable manufactuer mark of a small w in the 11 o clock position on the reverse of the badge

Catch assembly with the "typical" messy soldering

Catch assembly with the “typical” messy soldering

 

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    Collector of WW2 German medals and badges with a focus on the combat badges. Also any British medals to Macleod or Mcleod

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