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German WWII Army/Luftwaffe Long Service Award for 25 years

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  • $ 340


German WWII Army/Luftwaffe Long Service Award for 25 years-Beautiful cross in gilded iron, This unmarked example is in excellent condition, near mint; it is missing its ribbon.

History: In March of ‘36 Hitler ordered the institution of a service award in four classes, each class reflecting the completion of a select number of years of military service.

The award was bestowed by each branch of the Wehrmacht (army, navy, and air force) and was issued for four years’ service (fourth class-silver medal), 12 years (third class-gold medal), 18 years (2nd Class-silver cross), 25 years (first class-gold cross), and 40 years (special class). The 40-year special class was introduced on 10 March 1939.