Merit Decoration for the Eastern Peoples, II Class in Gold

SKU: 01.GTR.1001.203.01

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  • II Class in Gold Obverse
  • II Class in Gold Obverse
  • II Class in Gold Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    July 14, 1942
  • remarks
    The Decorations for Bravery and Merit of the "Eastern People" are also known as the Ostvolk Decorations or Ostvolk Medals. So far, the only material used for verifiably authentic examples is zinc.

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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Versions

  • Price

    $250 USD

  • Composition

    Zinc gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    40x45mm

  • Maker

    Rudolf W├Ąchtler & Lange, Mittweida

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