Merit Decoration for the Eastern Peoples, II Class in Gold


SKU: 01.GTR.1001.203.01.000

Estimated market value:

$250 USD

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

Estimated market value:

$250 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Rudolf Wächtler & Lange, Mittweida
  • Composition
    Zinc gilt
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

In gilded zinc with the majority of the gilding still intact; on loop for suspension (marked “100” for Rudolf Wächtler & Lange); with a correct replacement ribbon; measuring 40x45mm; in overall very fine condition.


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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