Wehrmacht Long Service Award

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Wehrmacht Long Service Award
2nd Class: 18 years
design by Professor Dr Richard Klein
Awarded by Nazi Germany
EligibilityMilitary personnel
Awarded forlong service in the Wehrmacht
Campaign(s)World War II
Established16 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.[1]


On 16 March, 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered the institution of service awards for the first four classes, each reflecting the completion of a select number of years of military service.[1]

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). The 40 years special class service award was introduced on 10 March 1939.[2]

Professor Dr Richard Klein designed the awards.[1] Recipients of lower year awards would wear the decoration simultaneously with higher level decorations. The manner they could be worn was:

  • 3rd Class with 4th Class
  • 2nd Class with 4th Class
  • 1st Class with 3rd Class[3]

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 Nazi era only lasted 12 years (1933-1945).

SS Long Service Award[edit]

The SS maintained their own Long Service Award given in grades of four years, eight years, 12 years, and 25 years.[4]

Nazi Party and Police Long Service Awards[edit]

The Nazi Party and German Police had a similar service award. The Nazi Party Long Service Award was given in grades of ten, 15, and 25 years.[5] The Police Long Service Award was given in grades of eight, 18, 25, and 40 years (though the last class was never awarded).[6]

Ribbon bar "Long Service Award of the Wehrmacht"
DEU WH-Dienstauszeichnung (Heer-KM) 4Jahre BAR.svg
4 years
DEU WH-Dienstauszeichnung (Heer-KM) 18Jahre BAR.svg
12 years
DEU WH-Dienstauszeichnung (Heer-KM) 12Jahre BAR.svg
18 years
DEU WH-Dienstauszeichnung (Heer-KM) 25Jahre BAR.svg
25 year
DEU WH-Dienstauszeichnung (Heer-KM) 40Jahre BAR.svg
40 years and more

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Angolia 1987, p. 46.
  2. ^ Angolia 1987, pp. 46, 49.
  3. ^ Angolia 1987, p. 48.
  4. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 156–159.
  5. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 216, 217, 221.
  6. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 146, 150, 151.


  • 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.