Long Service Awards

There are a variety of Military and political long service medals and awards from the Third Reich era. These were another way to motivate the masses and were quite effective. Many of the long service award "qualifications" were sped up, back dated or modified to allow for higher awards to be issued. We can see this in orders from those who mandated the qualifications and also from award documents themselves. When examined and studied in relation to other awards, age and dates of a particular person we can see many modifications, assumptions and grey areas that commanders stepped over. This explains the relatively large amount of high level awards issued during the comparatively short life span of the Third Reich.
Regardless, these awards are found mixed into nearly every collection in the German Militaria hobby.

Keep in mind, other long serves awards and insignia exist from other nations and will be found here as well.