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Social Welfare medal > Germany / Tyskland WW1-WW2 > German WW1-2 Awards / Medaljer  |  
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Item number 7124

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Description
Social Welfare medal (Medaille für Deutsche Volkspflege).

Excellent condition. Looks even better in hand. Heavy version in buntmetal. Nice ribbon with safety pin on the back.

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Social välfärdsmedalj (Medaille für Deutsche Volkspflege).

Utmärkt skick, ser ännu bättre ut i hand. Tung version i buntmetall. Fint band med säkerhetsnål anordning på baksidan.

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HISTORY:
On May 1ST 1939, Hitler introduced a series of four Social Welfare awards to replace the earlier DRK, Deutsche Rote Kreuz, (German Red Cross) awards. The earlier DRK awards only recognized loyal service in the DRK while the new Social Welfare awards recognized a wider scope of social welfare service. The new Social Welfare awards could be bestowed to all personnel who actively participated in Social Welfare assistance programs including the DRK, the WHW, Winterhilf Werk, (Winter Relief Program), personnel involved with the care of the sick and wounded, live saving services, excluding Fire and Police personnel and care of German nationals in foreign countries. In December 1939 amendments of the introductory order decreed that the bestowal of the Social Welfare awards to military personnel follow a specific rank level structure with the first class award reserved for General ranks, the second class award for the ranks of Oberst and Oberstleutnant, the third class award for the ranks of Major and Hauptmann and the fourth class for award to the ranks of Leutnant or below. Further amendments of January 30TH 1942 introduced crossed swords cypher for the third and fourth class awards for distinguished service or bravery in wartime.


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