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Item No. BP-045
Tank Killers: History of the Tank Destruction Badge
by Thomas W. Breyette & Roger James Bender
This book covers the inception of antitank warfare on an individual basis in WWI and its evolution through the last desperate days of May 1945. Full color obverse and reverse views are presented of issue and variant badges, to include embroidered and field-made styles. A fakes and reproductions chapter will help you detect bogus pieces. The method of wear is detailed for the wartime period as well as by recipients later in the Bundeswehr. Award documents plus Soldbuch/Wehrpass entries are studied. Recipients of the Hitler Youth, Volkssturm and Navy are also covered. Biographies and photos of 75 recipients help portray the heroism required to be awarded this badge.
This book concludes with an excellent overview of all the weapons both issues and make-shift, utilized by Germany's "Tank Killers."
Forward by Oakleaves holder Bodo Spranz:
"The author of this work has produced an excellent study of the Tank Destruction Badge and its requirements, all based on careful research and interviews with holders of this decoration."