List of military decorations of the Third Reich

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Bodewin Claus Eduard Keitel (brother of Wilhelm Keitel) displaying several military awards of the Wehrmacht

Military decorations of the Third Reich were awards and medals bestowed by the Wehrmacht between 1935 and 1945 during the reign of Nazi Germany and the years of World War II.

Military Decorations[edit]

Senior military leadership decorations[edit]

Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (1939).jpg
Grand Cross of the Iron Cross

Military valor decorations[edit]

Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
with Golden Oakleaves
Swords, and Diamonds
Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
with Oakleaves, Swords, and Diamonds
Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
with Oakleaves and Swords
Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
with Oakleaves
Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oakleaves, Swords, and Diamonds.png
Bm RK EK mit Eichenlaub Schwerten Brillanten(4).jpg
RK EK.png

Meritorious military decorations[edit]

German Cross
(Awarded in Gold and Silver)
Iron Cross First Class Iron Cross Second Class 1939 Clasp to the Iron Cross Military Honor Roll Clasp
(Awarded for Army, Navy, and Air Force)
Iron Cross - 2nd Class.jpg
Iron Cross Spangle.png
Honour role clasp.jpg
Golden Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross
(Awarded with and without Swords)
Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross
(Awarded with and without Swords)
War Merit Cross (First and Second Class)
(Awarded with and without Swords)
War Merit Medal Spanish Cross in Gold, Silver, and Bronze
Awarded with and without Swords
Special grade awarded in Gold with Diamonds
Posthumous grade known as "Spanish Cross for Next of Kin of Fallen"
Spanish Cross.jpg

Military service decorations[edit]

Cross of Honor (1914–1918) Eastern Front Medal West Wall Medal[1]
Upgradeable to include 1944 Bar
Anschluss Medal Memel Medal Sudetenland Medal
Upgradeable to include
Prague Castle Bar
Hindenburg cross front.jpg
Shutzwall medal.jpg
Anchlussmedal front.JPG
Medaille zur Erinnerung Memellandes.PNG
Sudetenland Medal.PNG

Military service medals[edit]

Wehrmacht Long Service Award
Awarded for Army, Navy, and Air Force
Awarded in grades of 4, 12, 18, 25, and 40 Years of Service
Waffen-SS Long Service Award
Awarded in grades of 4, 12, 18, and 25 Years of Service
Waffen-SS Long Service Award 12year.jpg

Wound badges[edit]

1939 Wound Badge
(Awarded in Gold, Silver, and Black)
Wound Badge of 20 July 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen front.jpg
Wound Badge 1944.jpg
Spanish Wound Badge
(Awarded in Gold, Silver, and Black)

Arm Shields and Cuffbands[edit]

Arm Shields[edit]

Narvik Shield Crimea Shield Demyansk Shield Kuban Shield
Narvikschild farbe silber.jpg
Krim Shield.jpg
Cholm Shield Lappland Shield


General Cuffbands[edit]

Campaign Cuffbands[edit]

Military Service Badges[edit]

Army/Waffen-SS War Badges[edit]

Infantry Assault Badge
(Silver and Bronze)
General Assault Badge Close Combat Clasp
(Gold, Silver, and Bronze)
Tank Battle Badge
(Silver and Bronze)[2]
Tank Destruction Badge
(Gold and Silver)
General Assault Badge.jpg
Nahkampfspange Heer Gold.jpg
Panzer badge.jpg
Tank Destruction Badge in Black.jpg
Guerrilla Warfare Badge
Balloon Observer's Badge Sniper's Badge
Ballon Observers Badge.png

Naval War Badges[edit]

High Seas Fleet Badge Destroyer War Badge Minesweeper War Badge Blockade Runner Badge
High Seas Fleet War Badge.jpg
Destroyer War Badge.jpg
Abzeichen für Blockadebrecher.jpg
E-Boat War Badge U-Boat War Badge Auxiliary Cruiser Badge Naval Artillery War Badge
E-boat War Badge.jpg
Auxiliary Cruiser Badge.jpg
U-Boat Combat Clasp
(Gold and Silver)
U-boat Front Clasp.jpg
Naval Combat Clasp Small Battle Unit Combat Clasp
Kampfabzeichen der Kleinkampfmittel 7. Stufe.jpg

Luftwaffe War Badges[edit]

Combined Pilots-Observation Badge Pilot's Badge Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe.jpg
Anti-Aircraft Flak Battle Badge Tank Combat Badge of the Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge of the Luftwaffe
Flak-Kampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe.jpg
Panzerkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe in Schwarz.jpg
Luftwaffe Ground-Attack Badge.jpg
Observer Badge
Observer Badge.jpg

Luftwaffe flying clasps[edit]

Luftwaffe Flying Clasps

Luftwaffe Flying Clasps were awarded in Bronze, Silver, and Gold with upgrade possible to include diamonds. Pennants suspended from the clasp indicated the number of missions carried out in a given type of aircraft. Flying Clasps were issued for missions completed in the following Luftwaffe aircraft

  • Day Fighters
  • Night Fighters
  • Long-Range Night Fighters
  • Heavy Fighters
  • Air to Ground Support Fighters
  • Bombers
  • Reconnaissance
  • Transport and Glider

Foreign Division Awards[edit]

Foreign division awards were specially intended for non-German volunteers serving in specially formed divisions serving under the German military. The two primary foreign division awards were as follows:

Blue Division Medal
Blue Division Medal (anti-bolshevism) obv.jpg
Ostvolk Medal


  1. ^ The West Wall Medal was issued twice, once in 1939 and again in 1944. The 1944 version was commonly referred to as the "German Defense Medal". For those personnel who had already received the 1939 West Wall Medal, a "1944 Bar" was authorized to the decoration.
  2. ^ Tank Battle Badges were also issued with engagement numbers affixed beneath the main badge. These "Numbered Tank Badges" were issued in degrees of 25, 50, 75, and 100 engagements.

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