Medals and Decorations of Hitler's Army by Robin Lumsden

By Robin Lumsden

Adolf Hitler held energy in Germany for less than twelve years, yet in the course of that quite brief interval his regime produced the countrys first and simply entire variety of actually nationwide orders and undefined. those have been destined to have an important impact at the layout of army and civil awards in different elements of the area, together with the us of the US and the Soviet Union, which unashamedly dependent a few of their moment global conflict wrestle badges on these of the 3rd Reich.

This is the 1st publication to hide the topic of Nazi awards comprehensively and chronologically in one quantity.

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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.

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