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Ärmelschild Demjansk #3

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on November 10, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgOkay, after three attempts I finally have an original of this shield. Awarded to those who participated in the actions around and in the Demjansk Pocket in 1942.

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Winterschlacht Im Osten Medal Ribbon Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , , on June 3, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is about as modest as it gets. A single ribbon bar for the Frozen Meat Medal or Ostmedaille.

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Ärmelschild Demjansk #2

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my second Demjansk Arm Shield. This one still has its back plate and is visually identical to the other except a little more “there”. The “J” is the heavy serif type which makes me think it is a reproduction.

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Ärmelschild Demjansk #1

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgDemyansk Shield (German: Ärmelschild Demjansk) is a German military award instituted on April 25, 1943 to commemorate troops who fought in the Demyansk pocket. Requirements for Heer and auxiliary units included honorable service in the besieged area for 60 days or wound or frostbite in the besieged area, for Luftwaffe — 50 combat or supply missions over the besieged and surrounding area. The shield was die struck and produced in silver-washed zinc and later in plain zinc. Two variations of the aircraft’s propeller under the swords exist, as some shields show it curved while others show it straight.

The shield was authorized by Adolf Hitler and was to be worn on the upper sleeve of the left shoulder of uniform. For civil clothes the version of a pin-like shield has been stipulated. The award ceased to be presented on April 1 or July 4, 1944. Each recipient was entitled to five copies of the shield, and in case of death, a single shield and an entitlement certificate was presented to the next of kin. It is estimated that over 100,000 Demyansk shields were presented.

This one has lost its backing and is made from what appears to be a washed zinc.

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m1957 Ärmelschild Cholm

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , on May 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_GermanyThis is the 1957 reissue of the Cholm Shield. Note the substitution of the German Cross for the Swastika.

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Crimea Shield

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on May 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Crimea Shield (known as “Krim” Shield to collectors) was awarded to German soldiers under the command of Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein who fought and conquered Crimea (Krim in German) in between September 1941 and July 1942. The Crimea Shield was instituted on 25 July 1942 and was the most widely distributed of the shields with approximately 250,000 being handed out.

From 21 September 1941 until 4 July 1942 German soldiers faced severe opposition from the Russian army while attempting to capture the important Black Sea ports around Sevastopol.

This particularly difficult campaign was recognized in the form of the Shield.

I have posted both of mine here so you can see how the back plate is formed.

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