This is a WWII Wehrmacht Long service medalbar with both “Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnungen für 12 and 4 Jahre” (both 12 and 4 year long service medals) in excellent condition!
The bar consists of the following medals:
- Nichtkämpfer Ehrenkreuz (without swords), awared after 1934 (when this cross was first institute) for non combattant service in World War I
- Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung für 12 Jahre (Wehrmacht Long service medal for 12 years of loyal service)
- Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung für 4 jahre (Wehrmacht Long Service medal for 12 years of loyal service)
The Wehrmacht Long Service Award (German: Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung) was a military service decoration of Nazi Germany issued for satisfactory completion of a number of years in military service. The Long Service Award was retroactive throughout a service member’s career, encompassing Reichswehr service as well as service dating during and before World War I. As such, there were a handful of 40 year awards presented, even though the Nazi era only lasted 12 years (1933-1945). Professor Dr Richard Klein designed the awards. Recipients of lower year awards would wear the decoration simultaneously with higher level decorations. The manner they could be worn was:
3rd Class with 4th Class
2nd Class with 4th Class
1st Class with 3rd Class
As shown above it was allowed to wear two Wehrmacht long servicemedals at the same time. The owner of the medalbar offered for sale here, was in the Wehrmacht for 12 years and was thus allowed to wear both the 12 and 4 year medals.
The whole bar is in very good, only light worn condition!