Four Place Medal Bar

Condition: Excellent


Product Description: This is a very attractive and desirable Four Place Medal Bar for a long-serving Luftwaffe member, featuring all Third Reich era awards. The first of the four place medal bar is a War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, a nice early issue type finely struck in Tombak and with what looks to be all of its original finish. Next to this is an Armed Forces 4 Year Long Service Medal, which also retains nearly all of its original finish. The cornflower blue ribbon for this award has a very nicely detailed early drooptail Luftwaffe eagle, the original silver finish has darkened from age. The next award on this 4-place medal bar is the 1938 Austrian Annexation medal. The original silver finish has toned quite dark with time, resulting in an even, attractive dark patina. Lastly, there is the 1938 medal for the occupation of the Sudetenland. There is some minor wear to the bronze finish. The ribbon for this award bears the Prague Castle Bar, awarded to men who participated in both the 1938 Sudetenland occupation, and the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia in March of 1939. On the reverse, a hand-stitched satin backing holds everything together and mostly covers the zinc mounting plate. The brass pin and catch are complete with no issues. A handsome four place medal bar, with a lot going for it.

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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