Wehrmacht Long Service Award
|Wehrmacht Long Service Award
design by Professor Dr Richard Klein
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|Awarded for||long service in the Wehrmacht|
|Campaign||World War II|
|Established||16 March, 1936|
The Wehrmacht Long Service Award (German: Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung) was a military service decoration of Nazi Germany issued for satisfactory completion of a number of years in military service. On 16 March, 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered the institution of service awards for the first four classes. Thereafter, on 10 March, 1939, the 40 years service award was introduced.
Each branch of the Wehrmacht (army, navy, and air force) maintained their own version of the Long Service Award and the decoration was issued for four years (fourth class), 12 years (third class), 18 years (second class), 25 years (first class), and 40 years (1939 special class).
- 3rd Class with 4th Class
- 2nd Class with 4th Class
- 1st Class with 3rd Class
The Long Service Award was retroactive throughout a service member's career, encompassing Reichswehr service as well as service dating during and before World War I. As such, there were a handful of 40 year awards presented, even though the Third Reich itself existed for only 12 years (since 1933).
SS Long Service Award
Nazi Party and Police Long Service Awards
The Nazi Party and German Police had a similar service award. The NSDAP Long Service Award was given in grades of ten, 15, and 25 years. The Police Long Service Award was given in grades of eight, 18, 25, and 40 years (though the last class was never awarded).
- Angolia, John (1987). For Führer and Fatherland: Military Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0912138149.
- Angolia, John (1989). For Führer and Fatherland: Political & Civil Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 978-0912138169.