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Tank Destruction badge in wear

Article about: by Adrian Stevenson Hi Nick, the badge was instituted on March 9th 1942. It was back dated to the start of the Russian Campaign to reward men who had destroyed a tank. Earlier than this, men

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    A nice pic i've just got. Stewy S
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    Interesting photo, nearly all decorated, EKII, wound badges etc. Hitler kept 300-500000 troops occupying Norway, what a difference they would have made in France a couple of months after this was taken.

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    I can't work out what other awards a couple of the are wearing GAB's? Stewy S

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    Nice photo I reckon the are allgemeine sturmabzeichen. Most likely these guys previously served in the East? Nice posting for them to spent Easter in Norway. I wonder if they got to stay there....

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Yep they look like allgemeine sturmabzeichen , they look like a bunch of combat vets who are very happy to be " holidaying " in Norwegen !!!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

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    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

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    Nice pic Stewy

    I wonder if a Tank destruction badge could have been won in Norway? Did the Brits send tanks over there?

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    I reckon it may've been won in Russia,possibly Finland. Stewy S

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    Quote by Wolfspear View Post
    Nice pic Stewy

    I wonder if a Tank destruction badge could have been won in Norway? Did the Brits send tanks over there?

    Nick
    Hi Nick, at this stage of the war there was no fighting in Norway: all had been done and finished since 1940. But as German forces retreated on the Eastern Front, fighting again took place from October '44.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hi Nick, at this stage of the war there was no fighting in Norway: all had been done and finished since 1940. But as German forces retreated on the Eastern Front, fighting again took place from October '44.

    Cheers, Ade.
    Hi Ade thanks. When was the TDB introduced? Could it have been won in the early "Blitzkrieg" years?

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Hi Nick, the badge was instituted on March 9th 1942. It was back dated to the start of the Russian Campaign to reward men who had destroyed a tank.

    Earlier than this, men who destroyed a tank single handed were awarded an Allgemeine Sturmabzeichen.

    Cheers, Ade.

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