Bravery Decoration for the Eastern Peoples, I Class in Gold

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SKU: 01.GTR.1001.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$450 USD

  • I Class in Gold Obverse
  • I Class in Gold Reverse
  • I Class in Gold Obverse
  • I Class in Gold Reverse
  • I Class in Gold Detail
  • I Class in Gold Detail

Estimated market value:

$450 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Rudolf W├Ąchtler & Lange, Mittweida
  • Composition
    Zinc gilt

Physical Description and Item Details


In zinc alloy, with gold wash over 95% present, un-marked, but typical award by the maker Rudolf W├Ąchtler & Lange, Mittweida, extremely fine.

History


The Decorations for Bravery and Merit of the "Eastern People" were founded on July 14th, 1942, to reward citizens from Soviet controlled countries such as Latvia, Lithuanian, Russia, and Estonia, who bravely served in German-sponsored military units. These individuals joined the German-sponsored units, as they wanted to help liberate their countries from Soviet rule.

The awards conferred for bravery featured crossed swords, while the decorations conferred for non-combat related meritorious services were issued without swords.

The I Class was worn as a breast star, while the II Class was worn suspended from a ribbon.

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