Ostvolk Medal

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Ostvolk Medal
Tapferkeits- und Verdienstauszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker in Silber.jpg
Ostvolk Medal in silver with swords
Awarded by Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories and Wehrmacht
Type Military and paramilitary
Eligibility Soviet citizens under German command
Germans serving in units manned by former Soviet personnel
Awarded for Bravery (with swords) or merit (without swords)
Status Obsolete
Established 14 July, 1942
Total awarded Approx. 7,000

The Ostvolk Medal (German: Ostvolkmedaille) or Medal for Gallantry and Merit for Members of the Eastern Peoples (German: Tapferkeits und Verdienst Auszeichnung für Ostvölker) was a military and paramilitary award in Nazi Germany, bestowed to personnel from the former Soviet Union (Ostvolk in German, literally "the Eastern people").[1]

The medal featured an octactinal (eight pointed) star with plant pattern in the centre. The 1st class was 48 mm in diameter, attachable to the cloth by pin and clasp. The 2nd class was 40 mm in diameter and was worn on a 32 mm wide ribbon. The award had two classes:

  • 1st Class - in gold or silver
  • 2nd Class - in gold, silver or bronze

There were two versions: with swords, for bravery, and without, for merit.

  • Green with two red stripes (2nd class in gold)
  • Green with two white stripes (2nd class in silver)
  • Green (2nd class in bronze)


  1. ^ "Ostvolkmedaille". World War 2 Awards. Retrieved 7 February 2014.