German Political and Civil Awards
German Political and Civil Awards
German Political and Civil Awards

After 1933, the Germany began issuing a variety of civilian decorations which could be bestowed upon any citizen of the Reich. Thus, some awards (such as Sports Badges) were bestowed on the Party members, members of the German military, and regular civilians. Many standard awards of the German state, such as military and civil service long service decorations and life-saving medals, were redesigned to incorporate the symbol, the swastika.

German military awards are by far the most commonly recognised. Military long service decorations, awards for participation in the Spanish Civil War and medals for the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland were among early awards, but the greatest number began to be bestowed in 1939 after the start of World War II. Regulations of award issuance also permitted the simultaneous wear of military, civilian, and political decorations on any military or para-military uniform of Germany, allowing for a wide variety of combinations in manner of wear and awards displayed.

"The German Order"(German: Deutscher Orden) was the most important award that the N.S.D.A.P. Party could bestow on an individual for "duties of the highest order to the state and party" and designed by Benno von Arent. This award was first made by Adolf Hitler posthumously to Reichsminister Fritz Todt at his funeral in February 1942. A second posthumous award of the German Order was given to SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich at his funeral in June that year.

Cynics called the award the "dead hero order" as it was almost always awarded posthumously. The only two persons who received the German Order who survived the war were Konstantin Hierl and Arthur Axmann.

The German Order was originally to be awarded in three grades, but only the neck order (the highest grade) was ever awarded. This award ranks the second rarest award in the Third Reich (second only to the National Prize for Art and Science). The holders of this award were supposed to form a confraternity.

Adolf Hitler viewed this award as his personal decoration to be bestowed only upon those whose services to the state and party he deemed worthy. For this reason, plus the fact that the reverse of the medal bears a facsimile of his signature, it was also informally known as the 'Hitler Order'.

There were in all eleven confirmed recipients of this award between 1942 and 1945. According to some documents, the order was going to be bestowed on Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler and Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz for their wartime service, but Germany surrendered before they could be awarded.

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"The German Order" with Oak and Swords.

"Deutscher Orden"

Marked: "München 9" and with Adolf Hitler signature on reverse.
The German Order with Oak leaves and swords was designed by Benno von Arent.
The German Order took the form of a black enamel cross with gold eagles between the arms. The centerpiece was the "Golden Party Badge" and a facsimile of Hilters signature appeared on the reverse, reinforcing the personal nature of the award. The award was to be hung around the neck from distinctive ribbon identical to that of the "Blood Order".

The only known recipients were:
- 9 June 1942: SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich - 22 June 1942 Adolf Huhnlein (NSKK) - 8 May 1943 Viktor Lutze (SA) - 3 October 1944 Josef Bürckel (Gauleiter) - 7 October 1944 Rudolf Schmundt (General) - 24 February 1945 Konstantin Hieri (Reicharbeitsführer) - 12 April 1945 Karl Hanke (Gauleiter) - 28 April 1945 Artur Axmann (Reichsjugendführer)

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"The German Order" with Oak.

"Deutscher Orden"

Marked: "München 9" and with Adolf Hitler signature on reverse.
The German Order with Oak leaves was designed by Benno von Arent.
The German Order took the form of a black enamel cross with gold eagles between the arms. The centrepiece was the "Golden Party Badge" and a facsimile of Hilters signature appeared on the reverse, reinforcing the personal nature of the award. The award was to be hung around the neck from distinctive ribbon identical to that of the "Blood Order".
The German Order 1942-45

"The German Order" 1942-45. NEW PRICE!!

"Deutscher Orden - Streckkreuz"
Wide Pin back Marked "1".
Marked back: Deschler & Sohn - München.

N.S.D.A.P. Golden Party Badge #1 Improved vers. -- NEW PRICE!--

"Goldenes parteiabzeichen"
The Golden Party Badge was a special badge of the NSDAP. It was worn by the first 100,000 members of the Party.

This superb badge has the initials "A.H." - "30.1.44" - "GES. GESCH" stamped on the reverse. (A.H.=Adolf Hitler)


30mm size for Uniforms.
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N.S.D.A.P. Silver Party Badge.

N.S.D.A.P. Silver Party Badge. -- NEW PRICE!--

"Parteiabzeichen"
This superb badge has the initials "A.H." - "30.1.44" - "GES. GESCH" stamped on the reverse. (A.H.=Adolf Hitler)

30mm size for Uniforms.
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Golden Hiter Youth Badge of Honour With Oak Leaves 1935.

"Goldenes H. J. Ehrenzeichen mit Eichenlaub"
In 1935 this badge was instituted as a national decoration for exceptional service to Hitler Youth movement. No more than 250 were ever conferred, with recipients including such highly placed individuals as Himmler, Ley, Rosenberg and Todt. The awards prestige is indicated by the fact that it was often worn above the Golden Party Badge.

Cross of Honor of the German Mother Gold 1938.

"Ehremzeichen der Deutschen Mutter"
Cross of Honor of the German Mother Silver 1938.

Cross of Honor of the German Mother Silver 1938.

"Ehremzeichen der Deutschen Mutter"

Victors Badge in the National Trade Cometition in Bronze (H.J.)

"Siegerabzeichen im Reichsberufswettkampf"

 

Victors Badge in the National Trade Cometition in Silver (H.J.)

"Siegerabzeichen im Reichsberufswettkampf"

 

Victors Badge in the National Trade Cometition in Gold(H.J.)

"Siegerabzeichen im Reichsberufswettkampf"

 

N.S.D.A.P. Blood Order 1933.

N.S.D.A.P. Blood Order 1933.

"Blutorden"

The order originally named Ehrenzeigen vom 9th November 1923, it was instituted in March 1934 and awarded to participants in the Munich "Putsch." It was renamed Blutorden and given as a Nazi party decoration for outstanding merit until 1942, some posthumously awarded.The reverse bears inscription UND IHR HABT DOCH GESIEGT. It was worn with a red, white and black ribbon on the right breast pocket.

German Olympic Games Decorations 1936.

"Deutsches Olympiaehrenzeichen."
Marked: "Munchen 8"
Superb copy of this rare decoration awarded to senoir nazis involved in the planning of the 1936 olympics. Famous recipients include Rene Reifenstahl and Himmler. Mulit piece construction with white enamel inlay throughout complete with a quality gold finish. Comes with breast ribbon. A great item for any collection with historical providence.

Order of the German Eagle, Grand Cross Star with Swords in Gold.

Order of the German Eagle, Grand Cross Star with Swords in Gold.

"Deutsche Adlerorder Mit Stern und Schwetern"

With wide pin.

Order of the German Eagle, Grand Cross Star with Swords 1937-39.

Order of the German Eagle, Grand Cross Star with Swords 1937-39.

"Deutsche Adlerorder Mit Stern und Schwetern"

With wide pin.

Order of the German Eagle, Grand Cross Star without Swords 1937-39.

"Deutsche Adlerorder".

Pin marked: "Deschler & Sohn".
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The Order of the German Eagle with Swords, pin back vers.

"Orden vom Deutschen Adler."

Marked: "Munchen 9"
Eagle Order 2nd Class with Swords. Instituted on 1st May 1937 this high award was awarded to foreigners only as a mark of recognition and esteem by the German Government. The version offered is the 2nd Class with Swords which was issued to military personal of Italy and other allies of germany during WWII. Finished in white enamel in gilt. Complete with the correct pin. A very fine quality item.

The Order of the German Eagle, pin back vers.

"Orden vom Deutsche Adler."

Marked: "Deschler & Sohn"
Eagle Order 2nd Class. Instituted on 1st May 1937 this high award was awarded to foreigners only as a mark of recognition and esteem by the German Government. The version offered is the 2nd Class which was issued to military personal of Italy and other allies of germany during WWII. Finished in white enamel in gilt. Complete with the correct pin. A very fine quality item.

Order of the German Eagle with Swords 1937-39.

"Orden vom Deutschen Adler."

With Ribbon.

Order of the German Eagle, Medal of Merit in Silver with Swords 1937-45.

"Deutsche Verdienst Medaille"

Backside: "Deutsche Verdienst Medaille"

Order of the German Eagle, Medal of Merit in Bronze with Swords 1937-45.

"Deutsche Verdienst Medaille"

Backside: "Deutsche Verdienst Medaille"

N.S.D.A.P. Long Service Award, 25 Years, With Pin.

"Dienstauszeichnugen der N.S.D.A.P."

Wide pin back.
N.S.D.A.P. Long Service Medal

N.S.D.A.P. Long Service Medal, Pin back type.

"Dienstauszeichnungen der N.S.D.A.P."

 

N.S.D.A.P. Long Service Award, 25 Years, With Ribbon.

"Dienstauszeichnugen der N.S.D.A.P."
With blue ribbon.

Text on reverse: "Treue für Führer und Volk"
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N.S.D.A.P. 25 Year Long Service Cross in gold and white enamel. This attractive award was instituted on 2nd April 1939 and bestowed after 25 years loyal service in the N.S.D.A.P. Finished in white enamel and gold plate. Note: Even thought the N.S.D.A.P.. did not exist for 25 years it was still possible to receive this award as war service and service during the time.

Olympic Games Commenmorative Medal 1936.

"Olympia-Erinnerungsmedaille"

Box for German Medals.

Great big box for German medal in leather and velvet inside. 10 cm X 10 cm.
Please see "More pictures" for inside view.
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N.S.D.A.P. Party Badge.

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N.S.D.A.P. Long Service Award, 15 Years, With Ribbon.

"Dienstauszeichnungen der N.S.D.A.P."

Text on reverse: "Treue für Führer und Volk"
N.S.D.A.P. 15 Year Long Service Cross in silver and blue enamel. This attractive award was instituted on 2nd April 1939 and bestowed after 15 years loyal service in the N.S.D.A.P.

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