This is a fine World War II Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge or Luftwaffe Erdkampfabzeichen made by the prestigious firm of M.U.K (Metall und Kunst) that is in excellent condition. The badge is slightly vaulted and with a separately applied silver Luftwaffe eagle at the top of the wreath. This eagle is affixed to the wreath by means of three, small, beautifully domed rivets. The wreath has dulled to a nice age toned gray. The cloud and center of the lightning bolt are both finished in dull black. The reverse has a high-quality hinge that is crimped into place and a long tapered, “coke bottle” type pin. The reverse is nice, smooth and with a dark, gun metal gray finish. It is nicely maker marked, “M.U.K.” in raised letters just below the pin hinge. This badge exhibits a high degree of quality and artisanship and is one of the most desirable and attractive version to be produced during the Third Reich era.