Product Description: This cased German Ostvolk Medal in Gold without Swords is a nice set that displays handsomely. The award is a First Class example, made of gilded zinc. Most of the original factory applied gold finish is intact on both sides of the award. There is only extremely slight surface wear, and all of the original detail is intact. The reverse of this badge is complete and sound, with no repairs to the hinge or catch. The banjo style attachment pin is functional. There is no maker mark. This medal is complete with its scarce original case, which is the correct type for this without swords version. The lid of the case has a nice embossed graphic depicting the award. The leatherette retains strong color, and nearly all of the original surface, with scattered marks and light edge wear. Inside, the badge is nicely displayed on a black velvet insert. The lid and hinge lining are intact, with only minimal age toning. This cased Ostvolk Medal is a very appealing example. The condition raters as excellent.
Historical Description: The Ostvolk Medal (Ostvolkmedaille) was originally introduced on July 14, 1942, and was designed by Elmar Lang. The official German designation for the award was “Tapferkeits- und Verdienstauszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker” which translates to :”Bravery and Merit Award for Members of Eastern Peoples.” These awards were intended to reward former citizens of the Soviet Union who served alongside the German armed forces as collaborators, particularly in the Eastern Front. The award was given to personnel including Cossacks, members of Schuma security units, and members of units of the Sicherheitspolizei and SD. By the fall of 1942, German troops serving in units made up of Eastern volunteers were also eligible for this medal. The award was issued in a somewhat confusing array of variations. The First Class award was a pin back award that was worn on the uniform pocket, while the Second Class award was a medal suspended from a ribbon. Both the First Class and Second Class versions were made with swords, indicating bravery, and without swords, which was an award for merit. Both the First Class and Second Class awards, with or without swords, were also made in Bronze, Silver and Gold grades. Only about 7,000 of these, in all grades, were awarded, making this a rather rare award.
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