S012981 POLIZEI FIVE PLACE MEDAL BAR. (Grosse Ordensschnalle)

BACKGROUND: On January 30TH 1938, the fifth anniversary of the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), rise to power, Adolf Hitler instituted a series of Long Service Awards to recognize loyal, long service in the police. The award was issued in three classes with the first class award for twenty-five years service, the second class award for eighteen years service and the third class award for eight years service. Submissions for bestowal of a Police Long Service Award were forwarded to the offices of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler in his position as Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), who would submit the list of acceptable recipients to the Staatsminister und Chef der Präsidialkanzlei des Führers und Reichskanzlers, (State Minister and Chief of the Presidential Chancellery of the Leader and National Chancellery), who would authorize, or reject, the bestowal of the appropriate award. Regulations of November 26TH 1941 extended bestowal of the Police Long Service awards to qualifying police personnel from Austria and occupied Czechoslovakia. When issued the awards were generally presented in a specific case and were accompanied with an official possession certificate. Regulations initiated on February 25TH 1943 proposed phasing-out of the Police Long Service awards and regulations of December 19TH 1944 finally discontinued further production and issue of the awards. Of Note: Another class of the Police Long Service award was considered, as per regulations of August 12TH 1944, to recognize forty years loyal service and was to consist of a golden, metal cypher with the numeral, "40" encompassed by an oak-leaf wreath to be affixed to the ribbon of the twenty-five year service award although it is highly doubtful that these were ever produced or issued.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Medal bar consists of five die struck metal, parade mounted awards. From right to left the awards consist of a War Merit Cross 2ND class with swords, Russian Front Medal, Polizei 8 Year Long Service, Commemorative Medal of 1st October 1938 (W/Prauge Bar) and the Italian/German African Campaign Medal. Large horizontal retaining pin and catch both intact to reverse. Excellent grouping, scarce combination.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $714.00

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