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3rd Reich Orders and Medals Guide

This is an identification guide for the different types of official Orders and Medals awarded in Germany from 1931 until 1945. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are of original authentic items of the period. This guide is for identification only. To correctly authenticate an item, it's size, weight, composition, and construction details must be examined. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please contact Vern@GermanDaggers.com.

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Party Orders & Awards




NSDAP Blood Order - March 1934
Type 1 - 1500 Awarded



NSDAP Blood Order - May 1938
Type 2 - Several thousand Awarded



NSDAP Blood Order and Ribbon assembled for wear
on the right breast pocket flap



German Order - 1st Class with Oak Leaves and Swords
February 1942 - 11 Awarded



German Order 1st Class
Produced, not Awarded



German Order 2nd Class
Produced, not Awarded



Cross of Honor of the German Mother - December 1938
Gold - for 8 or more children



Cross of Honor of the German Mother - December 1938
Silver - for 6 or 7 children



Cross of Honor of the German Mother - December 1938
Bronze - for 4 or 5 children


Political Order




Order of the German Eagle - May 1937 to 1945
Sash Awarded with the Grand Cross and Grand Cross in Gold



Grand Cross in Gold - 1939 - 1945



Grand Cross - May 1937 to 1945



Grand Cross with Swords - 1939 to 1945



Order of the German Eagle - May 1937 to 1945
Neck Cross



Order of the German Eagle - May 1937 to 1945
Breast Star



Order of the German Eagle - 1939 to 1945
Neck Cross with Swords



Order of the German Eagle - 1939 to 1945
Breast Star with Swords



Order of the German Eagle 1st Class - May 1937 to 1945
Neck Cross



Order of the German Eagle - 1939 to 1945
Neck Cross with Swords



Order of the German Eagle 2nd Class - May 1937 to 1945
Breast Cross - From 1943, will have a "2" (2nd Class) or "4" (4th Class) on the reverse



Order of the German Eagle - 1939 to 1945
Breast Cross with Swords - From 1943, will have a "2" (2nd Class) or "4" (4th Class) on the reverse



Order of the German Eagle 3rd Class - May 1937 to 1939
Cross on Ribbon (No Fan at top)



Order of the German Eagle 3rd Class - 1939 to 1945
Cross on Ribbon (Fan at top) - From 1943, will have a "3" (3rd Class) or "5" (5th Class) on the fan



Order of the German Eagle 3rd Class - 1939 to 1945
Cross on Ribbon with Swords - From 1943, will have a "3" (3rd Class) or "5" (5th Class) on the fan



Order of the German Eagle Silver Medal of Merit - May 1937 to 1945



Order of the German Eagle Silver Medal of Merit with Swords - 1939 to 1945



Order of the German Eagle Bronze Medal of Merit - 1943 to 1945



Order of the German Eagle Bronze Medal of Merit with Swords - 1943 to 1945


Party Long Service Awards




NSDAP Long Service Medal for 10 years service



NSDAP Long Service Medal for 15 years service



NSDAP Long Service Medal for 25 years service



SS Long Service Medal for 4 years service



SS Long Service Medal for 8 years service



SS Long Service Medal for 12 years service



SS Long Service Medal for 25 years service



RAD Long Service Medal for 4 years service



RAD Long Service Medal for 12 years service



RAD Long Service Medal for 18 years service



RAD Long Service Medal for 25 years service



RAD Women Long Service Medal for 4 years service



RAD Long Service Medal for 12 years service



RAD Women Long Service Medal for 18 years service



RAD Women Long Service Medal for 25 years service




Wehrmacht Awards for Valor




Gold Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds - Worn with the Knight's Cross, 5 Awarded



Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds - Worn with the Knight's Cross, 27 Awarded



Oak Leaves & Swords - Worn with the Knight's Cross, 159 Awarded



Oak Leaves - Worn with the Knight's Cross, 890 Awarded



Knight's Cross



Gold Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross - 2 Awarded



Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords



Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross



German Cross in Gold



German Cross in Silver



Honor Roll Clasp for Army, Luftwaffe, & Navy



Iron Cross 1st Class



Bar to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class



War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords



War Merit Cross 1st Class



Iron Cross 2nd Class



Bar to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class



War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords



War Merit Cross 2nd Class



War Merit Medal


Wehrmacht Long Service & Campaign Awards




Armed Forces Long Service Medal for 4 years service



Armed Forces Long Service Medal for 12 years service



Armed Forces Long Service Medal for 18 years service



Armed Forces Long Service Medal for 25 years service



Armed Forces Long Service Medal for 40 years service



Commemorative Medal of 13 March 1938 - Entry into Austria



Commemorative Medal of 1 October 1938 - Entry into Sudeten & Prague Castle Bar



Commemorative Medal of the Return of Memel 1939



Italo-German Africa Campaign Medal



Medal for the Winter Campaign in Russia






Awards for Foreign Volunteers




Honor Award of the Walloons 1st Class



Honor Award of the Walloons 2nd Class



Honor Award of the Walloons 3rd Class



Silver Germanic Proficiency Runes Badge



Bronze Germanic Proficiency Runes Badge



Young Cossacks Badge



Eastern Peoples Medal 1st Class in Gold with Swords for Valor



Eastern Peoples Medal 1st Class in Gold for Merit



Eastern Peoples Medal 1st Class in Silver with Swords for Valor



Eastern Peoples Medal 1st Class in Silver for Merit



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Gold with Swords for Valor



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Gold for Merit



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Gold - Vlassov Legion ribbon



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Silver with Swords for Valor



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Silver for Merit



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Silver with Swords for Valor - Vlassov Legion ribbon



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Bronze with Swords for Valor



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Bronze for Merit



Eastern Peoples Medal 2nd Class in Bronze with Swords for Valor - Vlassov Legion ribbon



Spanish Blue Division Eastern Front Campaign Medal - German Version



Spanish Blue Division Eastern Front Campaign Medal - Spanish Version



Mussert Cross - Awarded but not approved for wear



Order of Azad Hind - 1st Class with Swords
Produced 1942-1960s - 2 Awarded in 1944



Order of Azad Hind - 1st Class
Produced 1942-1960s - None Awarded prior to 1946



Order of Azad Hind - 2nd Class with Swords
Produced 1942-1960s - 1 Awarded in 1944



Order of Azad Hind - 2nd Class
Produced 1942-1960s - None Awarded prior to 1946



Order of Azad Hind - 3rd Class with Swords
Produced 1942-1960s - 2 Awarded in 1944



Order of Azad Hind - 3rd Class
Produced 1942-1960s - None Awarded prior to 1946



Azad Hind Medal - 1st Class with Swords
Produced 1942-1960s - Less than 10 Awarded in 1944



Azad Hind Medal - 1st Class
Produced 1942-1960s - None Awarded prior to 1946



Azad Hind Medal - 2nd Class with Swords
Produced 1942-1960s - Less than 10 Awarded in 1944



Azad Hind Medal - 2nd Class
Produced 1942-1960s - None Awarded prior to 1946



Azad Hind Medal - 3rd Class with Swords
Produced 1942-1960s - Unknown number Awarded in 1944



Azad Hind Medal - 3rd Class
Produced 1942-1960s - None Awarded prior to 1946


Foreign Awards Approved for Wear


Croatia




Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir



Iron Trefoil



Bravery Medal of Poglavnik - Awarded in Gold, Silver, and Bronze



Wound Medal - Awarded in Gold (over 60% disability) and Iron (60% or less disability)



Wound Medal - Blue stripes for 1 to 3 wounds



Wound Medal - Gold wreath for over 3 wounds


Finland




Order of the White Rose Cross



Order of the White Rose Silver Merit Medal



Order of the White Rose Bronze Merit Medal



Order of the Finnish Lion Cross with Swords



Order of the Finnish Lion Merit Cross with Swords



Liberty Cross in Gold with Enamel



Liberty Cross in Gold



Liberty Cross in Silver



Liberty Medal in Silver



Liberty Medal in Bronze



Mannerheim Cross



German-Finnish North Front Badge - Type 1



German-Finnish North Front Badge - Type 2




Hungary




Order of the Hungarian Holy Crown with Swords



Hungarian Service Order with Swords



Fire Cross


Italy




Rome Eagle Order Cross with Swords



Rome Eagle Order Silver Merit Medal



Rome Eagle Order Bronze Merit Medal



Colonial Order of the Italian Star



Military Order of Savoy



Military Bravery Medal - to 1943 - Awarded in Gold, Silver, and Bronze



Military Bravery Medal - 1943 to 1945 - Awarded in Gold, Silver, and Bronze



War Service Cross


Romania




Gold Order of the Crown of Romania with Swords



Silver Order of the Crown of Romania with Swords



Order of the Star of Romania with Swords



Michael's Order for Bravery



Bravery Order for Fliers with Swords and Wreath



Bravery Order for Fliers with Swords



Military Bravery Medal



Loyal Service Cross with Swords


Slovakia




Military Bravery Medal - Gold



Military Bravery Medal - Silver



Military Bravery Medal - Bronze



War Victory Cross with Swords - 4th Class



War Victory Cross - 4th Class



War Victory Medal - 5th Class



War Victory Medal - 6th Class



War Victory Medal - 7th Class


Spain




War Cross



Military Merit Medal



Order of Military Merit Cross with Red (Combatant) Distinction



Order of Military Merit Silver Cross with Red (Combatant) Distinction



Order of Military Merit Cross with White (Non-Combatant) Distinction



Order of Military Merit Silver Cross with White (Non-Combatant) Distinction



Spanish Campaign Medal


Turkey




Iron Halfmoon Star - Turkish production



Iron Halfmoon Star - German production


Goverment Service Awards




Police Long Service Medal for 8 years service



Police Long Service Medal for 18 years service



Police Long Service Medal for 25 years service



Fire Brigade Decoration 1st Class for exceptionally meritorious service



Fire Brigade Decoration 2nd Class for 25 years service



Olympic Games Decoration for significant service



Olympic Games Commemorative Medal for service



Air Raid Protection Honor Award



Air Raid Protection Service Award for 4 years service



Customs Service Decoration for 25 years service



Mine Rescue Service Decoration - 1st Pattern



Mine Rescue Service Decoration - 2nd Pattern



Female Railway Staff Medal for 6 years service



Female Railway Staff Medal for 3 years service



Defense Wall Honor Award for service



LifeSaving Medal



Honor Cross for WW1 Service



Honor Cross for WW1 Service - with Swords



Honor Cross for WW1 Service for Widows or Orphans



Spanish Cross for Next of Kin - 315 Awarded



Faithful Service Award for 25 years service



Faithful Service Award for 40 years service



Faithful Service Award for 50 years service



Sister Cross for 10 years service in the Red Cross - 1922-1937



Sister Cross for 25 years service in the Red Cross - 1922-1937



Sister Cross for 10 years service in the Red Cross - 1937-1945



Sister Cross for 25 years service in the Red Cross - 1937-1945



Matron Cross for 10 years service in the Red Cross - 1937-1945


Red Cross/Social Welfare Awards




Red Cross 1st class Neck Cross - 1922-1934



Red Cross 2nd Class Medal - 1922-1934



Red Cross 2nd Class Medal with Ladies' Ribbon - 1922-1934



Red Cross Grand Cross Sash - 1934-1937



Red Cross Grand Cross Sash Badge - 1934-1937



Red Cross Grand Cross Breast Star - 1934-1937



Red Cross 1st class Neck Cross - 1934-1937



Red Cross 2nd Class Breast Cross - 1934-1937



Red Cross 3rd Class Cross - 1934-1937



Red Cross 3rd Class Cross with Ladies' Ribbon - 1934-1937



Red Cross Medal of Merit with Ladies' Ribbon - 1934-1937



Red Cross Medal of Merit - 1934-1937



Red Cross Grand Cross Sash - 1937-1939



Red Cross Grand Cross Sash Badge - 1937-1939



Red Cross Grand Cross Breast Star - 1937-1939



Red Cross 1st class Neck Cross - 1937-1939



Red Cross 2nd Class Breast Cross - 1937-1939



Red Cross 3rd Class Cross - 1937-1939



Red Cross 3rd Class Cross with Ladies' Ribbon - 1937-1939



Red Cross Medal of Merit - 1937-1939



Red Cross Medal of Merit with Ladies' Ribbon - 1937-1939



Social Welfare Grand Cross Sash - 1939-1945
Not Awarded, but holders of the Red Cross Sash could wear the Social Welfare Sash instead



Social Welfare Grand Cross Sash Badge - 1939-1945
Not Awarded, but holders of the Red Cross Sash could wear the Social Welfare Sash instead



Social Welfare Grand Cross Breast Star - 1939-1945
Not Awarded, but holders of the Red Cross Star could wear the Social Welfare Star instead



Social Welfare 1st class Neck Cross - 1939-1945



Social Welfare 2nd Class Breast Cross - 1939-1945



Social Welfare 3rd Class Cross - 1939-1945



Social Welfare 3rd Class Cross with Swords - 1939-1945



Social Welfare 3rd Class Cross with Ladies' Ribbon - 1939-1945



Social Welfare Medal - 1939-1945



Social Welfare Medal with Swords - 1939-1945



Social Welfare Medal with Ladies' Ribbon - 1939-1945



Social Welfare Medal in Bronze - 1943-1945
Produced, not Awarded


Art, Science, and Industry Awards




German National Prize for Arts & Sciences - Breast Order



German National Prize for Arts & Sciences - Sash



German National Prize for Arts & Sciences - Sash Cross



German National Prize for Arts & Sciences - Neck Cross



Decoration for Defence Economy Leaders



Pioneer of Labor Decoration



Honor Badge of the TeNo



Dr. Fritz Todt Prize - Gold



Dr. Fritz Todt Prize - Silver



Dr. Fritz Todt Prize - Iron



Aircraft Industry Badge for Outstanding Achievement



Aircraft Industry Badge for Merit



Hermann Georing Medal for Aeronautical Research - Gold



Hermann Georing Medal for Aeronautical Research - Silver



Hermann Georing Medal for Aeronautical Research - Bronze



Hermann Georing Lapel Pin for Aeronautical Research - Gold



Hermann Georing Lapel Pin for Aeronautical Research - Silver



Hermann Georing Lapel Pin for Aeronautical Research - Bronze



Honor Badge of the Reichs Cultural Senate


Other Approved Service Awards




Baltic Cross Badge for 3 months service against the Bolshevik armies - 1918-1919



Baltic Cross Medal for 3 months service against the Bolshevik armies - 1918-1919



Prussian War Effort Cross



Silesian Eagle 1st class for 6 months service, with Swords for Valor



Silesian Eagle 1st class for 6 months service



Silesian Eagle 1st class for 6 months service, enamelled variety



Silesian Eagle 2nd class for 3 months service, with Swords for Valor



Silesian Eagle 2nd class for 3 months service, with Swords for Valor, enamelled variety



Silesian Eagle 2nd class for 3 months service



Schlageter Badge, Type 1



Schlageter Badge, Type 2



Schlageter Badge, Type 3



Stahlhelm Badge (can be dated for 1919 to 1932, abolished 1935)



DLRG Lifesaving Badge