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(s)||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.
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.
- 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 Nazi era only lasted 12 years (1933-1945).
SS Long Service Award
Nazi Party and Police Long Service Awards
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. The Police Long Service Award was given in grades of eight, 18, 25, and 40 years (though the last class was never awarded).
|Ribbon bar "Long Service Award of the Wehrmacht"|
- 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.