Product Description: 3 Place Medal Bar consisting of an early Schinkel form Iron Cross second Class in excellent condition, a four year Luftwaffe long service award, and a Czech Annexation medal with Prague Castle bar affixed to the ribbon. The medal bar is nicely assembled with an attractive magenta colored backing. The original pin and catch are in place and without damage. A matching ribbon bar with the same magenta colored backing accompanies the medal bar. A very attractive set!
Historical Description: The German Military had a long tradition of issuing awards for achievements ranging from long service and participation in specific campaigns, to battlefield valor. Some types of awards were to be pinned on the uniform, while others were medals that were suspended from ribbons. On the field uniform, only the ribbons for these medals were to be worn. But for dress uniforms used for parade and walking-out purposes, soldiers wore all of their medals in the form of medal bars that would be pinned to the uniform, on the soldier’s chest. Each medal bar was individually custom made by a tailor or a manufacturer of insignia. They were not issue items, they had to be purchased. These ranged from single mounted awards, to long racks of medals indicating a distinguished career of many years, sometimes with medals from both World Wars and even earlier awards of Imperial Germany. German medal bars were also worn on dress uniforms of civil, political, and paramilitary organizations.
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