By David Hollins
Austrian troops have been recruited from territories as varied as glossy Belgium, the Czech Republic, primary Romania and northern Italy, in addition to volunteers from southern Germany and a sprinkling of Irishmen. the typical soldier can have discovered himself combating wherever throughout a space bounded through Belgrade, Kiev, Brussels and Milan in this interval, and in terrain as various because the Po valley and the Swiss mountains. Dave Hollins appears to be like on the existence and stories of either the standard infantry and the veteran elite of the Grenadier battalions, masking every little thing from their easy education and gear to the strategies and horror of the battlefield.
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It was identical in design to the earlier 1918-pattern Army wound badge, but fea tured a swastika on the side of the imperial steel helmet. All three grades of the badge were hollowbacked plated or painted brass. Only 182 black badges and one silver badge were conferred as a result of the Civil War, and there were no posthu mous bestowals. However, the Spanish pattern con tinued to be issued to troops in Poland and on the western front until mid-1940, when stocks of the standard 1939 type became generally available.
For twelve years' service a similar medal, but in matt gold with a '12' on the reverse, was awarded. A silver cross bearing an eagle on a central disc on the obverse and the number '18' on the reverse was presented for 18 years' service, and a slightly larger gold-plated cross with '25' on the reverse was bestowed for serving that number of years. A special grade for forty years, created in 28. The Wehrmacht 4-Year Long Service Medal, with ribbon emblem denoting presentation to a member of the Luftwaffe.
Artillery personnel were tested in the use of cannon, Panzer crews qualified by shooting tank 34 31. Radge worn with the grade 5-8 Marksmanship Lanyard for tank crews, introduced on 19 December 1938 with a representation of the Panzer Mk I as its centrepiece. MILITARY DECORATIONS guns, and sailors had to demonstrate expertise in torpedo firing, deck gunnery and so on. The whole range of lanyards was revised on 19 December 1938, but distribution tailed off during the war. The lanyard was not a decoration in the true sense, but rather a proficiency badge.