Product Description: This Five Place Medal Bar was worn by a long-serving political functionary who was decorated for wartime service in the Luftwaffe on the Eastern Front. The first award present here is a 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with nearly all of the original matte black core paint and lots of original finish on the frame. The next medal is a War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, a nice early strike in Tombak. After this is a gorgeous NSDAP 15 year long service medal, with nearly all of the original silver finish, and perfect, attractive blue enamel. After this, there is a zinc Eastern Front medal, and a 4 year Wehrmacht long service medal, with a Luftwaffe eagle device on the ribbon, both with lots of original silvering. Each medal is displayed on this five place medal bar on its correct ribbon, showing only light age toning. The reverse of this bar has a gray wool backing, which has some moth munches. The long pin and catch are intact and functional. This is a very attractive, desirable and hard to find all-WWII medal bar.
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, 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 or 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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