List of military decorations of Nazi Germany

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

The military decorations of Nazi Germany were awards and medals bestowed by the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS between 1935 and 1945, during the rule of the Nazi Party in Germany and the years of World War II.

Military decorations[edit]

Unique medals and special degrees[edit]

Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross Grand Cross of the Iron Cross Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
with Golden Oakleaves
Swords, and Diamonds
Golden Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross
(Awarded with and without Swords)
German Cross with Diamonds
Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (1939).jpg

Military valor decorations[edit]

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
DE Band mit RK (1).jpg

Meritorious military decorations[edit]

German Cross in Gold 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 Spangle.png
Ehrenblattspange Heer.jpg
Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross
(Awarded with and without Swords)
German Cross in Silver War Merit Cross (First and Second Class)
(Awarded with and without Swords)
Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords.jpg
War Merit Cross.jpg
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
SS Long Service Award
Awarded in grades of 4, 12, 18, and 25 Years of Service
Waffen-SS Long Service Award 12year in Silver.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


Campaign cuffbands[edit]

Crete Cuffband
Afrika Cuffband
Metz Cuffband
Kurland Cuffband
Ärmelbänder Wehrmacht.jpg

Military service badges[edit]

Army/Waffen-SS war badges[edit]

Infantry Assault Badge
(Silver and Bronze)
General Assault Badge
(also with engagement numbers
25, 50, 75 and 100
Close Combat Clasp
(Gold, Silver, and Bronze)
Tank Battle Badge
(Silver and Bronze)
(also with engagement numbers
25, 50, 75 and 100
Army Anti-Aircraft Badge
Infantry Assault Badge of Nazi Germany.jpg
General Assault Badge.jpg
Nahkampfspange Heer Gold.jpg
Panzer badge.jpg
Army Anti-Aircraft Badge.jpg
Army Paratrooper Badge Anti-Partisan
Guerrilla Warfare Badge

(Gold, Silver, and Bronze)
Balloon Observer's Badge
(Gold, Silver, and Bronze)
Tank Destruction Badge
(Gold and Silver)
Sniper's Badge
(Third, Second and First Grade)
Tank Memorial Badge
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe.jpg
Ballon Observers Badge.png
Tank Destruction Badge in Black.jpg

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
Kriegsmarine artilleria costa.jpg
U-Boat Combat Clasp
(Gold and Silver)
U-boat Front Clasp.jpg
Naval Front 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
Luftwaffe Ground-Attack Badge.jpg
Observer Badge Glider Pilot Badge Radio Operator Badge
Observer Badge.jpg
Segelflugzeugführerabzeichen II.jpg
Operatore radio mitragliere.jpg
Flyer's Commemorative Badge Aircrew Badge Air Gunner Badge

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

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

The Luftwaffe also maintained two non-portable awards, the first being the "Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe." The "Luftwaffe Honor Plate" was another non-portable award for outstanding combat performance. It was introduced on 15 June 1942 by the Reich Minister of Aviation and head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Göring and was awarded to members of the Luftwaffe field army units as a counterpart to the honor of flying. About 50 were awarded, one of the recipients was Hans Sandrock [2][3]

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 Ostvolk Medal First Class
(Gold and Silver)
(Awarded with and without Swords)
Ostvolk Medal Second Class
(Gold, Silver and Bronze)
(Awarded with and without Swords)
Blue Division Medal (anti-bolshevism) obv.jpg
Tapferkeits- und Verdienstauszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker in Silber.jpg


  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. ^ Ehrenschale für hervorragende Kampfleistungen der Luftwaffe]
  3. ^ Non portable Awards