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Medals and Honors of the German Federal Army

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by C.Evans, May 26, 2001.

  1. C.Evans

    C.Evans Expert

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    Here is some info on their Bundeswehr decorations.

    Ehrenmedaille der Bundeswehr
    Honor Medal of the German Federal Army, I suppose it is their version of the ww1 pour Le Merite and the ww2 Knights Cross.

    Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr Drei Klasse.
    Honor Cross of the German Federal Army 3 classes 1)Bronze 2)Silver 3)Gold.

    Bundesverdienstkreuz
    Military Service Cross??

    Verdienstmedaille
    Merit Medal

    Verdienstkreuz 1 klasse
    Merit Medal 1st class

    Verdienstkreuz am Bande
    Merit Medal on a string

    Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern
    Big Merit Cross with Star

    Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern und Schulterband
    Big Merit Cross with Star and Shoulderstring

    Its a far cry from the badges of the old days

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    I aint going to collect any :mad: :mad: but I would accept free ones to laugh at [​IMG] [​IMG]

    :D

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  2. Miro

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    Carl, some of these are military medal, but the Bundesverdienstkreuz and the Verdienstkreuze are more civilian than military decorations, which basically means there is a lot of bearers of these, so collecting is not worth it. I do not know much about the Bundeswehr decorations but I suppose there is only a handful or none who ever received those. Certainly none of my conscript buddies or myself ever had the chance to get close to one.
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  3. C.Evans

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    Hello Miro and thanks for the information on them. Since I made this posting--I have changed my mind about not collecting any of them--I will collect the crosses however.

    Still though, the new versions of decorations are not in the class of the lowest classes for the ww2 and Imperial decorations. I think if im not mistaken--I think there is also a group of military decorations that are enameled with red enameling on them.

    Im not downplaying the significance of the awards, I just personally (as a collector only) dont care for their style.

    I myself have a few friends who served in the "new" German Army and in the Marine, and not one of them recieved anything other than merit medals.

    I was happier to note that they still have sort of a version of their classic bravery cross--known as the Iron Cross--though not near as visually attractive as the Imperial and ww2 versions and look almost nothing like these versions. They also have different methods of construction for these medals too--some are solid 1 piece crosses and others are 2-and 3 piece medals--which look nicer.
     

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