The Kuban Battle Shield was instituted on the 20th September, 1943. They were issued to members of the German armed forces who defended the bridgeheads of the Kuban region.Following their defeat at Stalingrad in February, 1943, the Wehrmacht was forced back into the Kuban region. The bridgeheads in the region were of vital strategic importance, with Hitler earmarking the area as the potential base for launching a counter attack on the Soviet Army. The Kuban Shield was awarded to those who formed the defensive line through the region, symbolised by the lower half of the shield.Bronzed gilt finish, these shields are complete with steel backing plate and field grey cloth backing material.
This Army Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze was awarded to servicemen of the German Infantry for participation in three separate combat engagements. Although originally only in silver, the bronze version was introduced in 1940 to be awarded to armoured assault troops. These badges feature the original style steel needle pin on the reverse as well as the maker's mark.