L009883 LONG SERVICE AWARD, RIBBON EAGLE CYPHER. (Dienstauszeichenungen Band Adler Ziffer)

BACKGROUND: On March 16TH 1936, one year after the reintroduction of military conscription, Adolf Hitler instituted the Armed Forces Long Service Awards to reward military personnel, in all branches of service, for loyal long service. The awards were established in four grades for four, twelve, eighteen and twenty-five years service respectively. When the long service awards were issued they came accompanied by a cornflower blue suspension ribbon with the appropriate metal national eagle cypher. The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft personnel on August 18TH 1934, and adopted for wear by the Luftwaffe on March 1ST 1935. The first pattern national eagle was utilized until a modified, second pattern eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Stamped, magnetic sheet metal, miniature, second pattern Luftwaffe eagle, with a gilt washed finish. For the 25 year long service award.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $39.00

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