H019674 EASTERN PEOPLES DECORATION 2ND CLASS IN GOLD WITH SWORDS. (Tapferkeits-und Verdienst-Auszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker mit Schwertern)

BACKGROUND: Officially designated, Bravery and Merit Decoration for the Eastern People, this series of awards was instituted on July 14TH 1942 to recognize the contribution of volunteers from the Eastern European countries to Germany’s war effort. The awards were introduced in two classes with five grades and were awarded with swords for bravery in combat, or without swords for outstanding service to the war effort. The awards were rendered in a first class in gold and silver and a second class in gold, silver and bronze and all could be issued with or without swords. The first class awards were the pin back type while the second class awards were suspended from a ribbon. In October of 1942 bestowal of the first or second class silver award was extended to German nationals serving with "Osttruppen", (Eastern Troops), providing they already held the Iron Cross first or second class. Of Note: Due to the fact that these awards were introduced relatively late in the war and were usually struck in zinc, many have the wash worn completely away with only the ribbon colors being the indicator of grade.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck, zinc alloy construction award with a gilt wash is in the form of a thirty-two point, sunburst star pattern with a central, embossed, circular laurel leaf wreath encompassing a six petal flower, superimposed over crossed swords. The reverse has the typical circular depression to the center as found on these awards. The top center of the award has an integral, extended, vertical arm with a medal loop to secure the ribbon suspension ring. The award comes complete with an original piece of green ribbed rayon ribbon with two vertical red stripes near the outer edges. The ribbon has a brass pin back device handstitched to the reverse top. Of Note: From marked examples of the Eastern People Decorations we have encountered it appears that Rudolf Wächtler & Lange of Mittweida i.Sa , (Numerical code 100), was the primary manufacturer of these awards.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $119.00

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