Armed Services Long Service Award, I Class for 40 Years

SKU: 01.GTR.0406.101.01

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  • I Class for 40 Years Obverse
  • I Class for 40 Years Reverse
  • I Class for 40 Years Obverse Detail
  • I Class for 40 Years Reverse Detail


  • country
  • date of institution
    March 16, 1936
  • remarks
    The awards may be composed of magnetic or non-magnetic metals.


The Armed Services Long Award was established on March 16, 1936, by Adolf Hitler to commemorate the one year anniversary of the reintroduction of compulsory military service. The decorations consisted of four grades, I Class Cross for 25 Years, II Class Cross for 18 Years, III Class Medal for 12 Years, and IV Class Medal for 4 Years. On March 10, 1939, oakleaves became a possible addition for the I Class Cross to denote 40 years of service. Wehrmacht personnel who had become active members prior to March 16, 1935, were entitled to receive the decoration.

Service rendered in other organisations such as the Freikorp, the State Police Force, the Schutzpolizei, the Reichswehr, the Provisional National Defence, which included the Provisional National Army and the Provisional Imperial Navy, was taken into account when calculating service years.

As of May 3, 1939, the Award could also be conferred upon former members of the Austrian Army, who had become members of the German Wehrmacht before March 13, 1938.

Members of the Army and Kriegsmarine wore the emblem of the Wehrmacht on the decoration ribbon. Members of the Luftwaffe wore the Luftwaffe emblem on the decoration ribbon. The emblems were the same colour as the class of decoration.

The I Class for 40 Years may also be known as the Special Class.


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    $225 USD

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    Bronze gilt

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