WWII GERMAN MEDAL - FAITHFUL SERVICE DECORATION MEDAL - 25 YEARS
Germany had a contingent of public workers to provide services to the general public. Like in any other
nation they managed real state property, utilities, libraries, etc. Even though they were supposed to be
independent entities they were influenced by the nazi party. Therefore, the documents and awards produced
by these organizations displayed the swastika symbol.
The Faithful Service medal for public officials, employees and workers of public services was created in
order to recognize the services provided by individuals who worked at these institutions. The medal was
introduced in January 1938.
The award was issued in two types:
The sample depicted here is silver and comes with the original issue box and document.
- Silver - 25 years
- Gold - 40 years
The design of the medal consisted of a cross pattern, similar to the
Iron Cross award, with a square frame
in the center that contains a large black swastika. An oakleaf garland connects every arm
of the cross at about the midpoint.
The back of the medal has an inscription that reads "Fur Treue Dienfte", which translates to
"For Faithful Service".
The body of the medal is of silver color. A suspension ring is attached to the upper arm. The
color of the ribbon is blue. A metal catch is attached to the end via a stitch on each side.
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This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German badges and awards. Multiple
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that should be noted.
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The box was made of cardboard. The lid was free standing. It was not attached to the main body via hinges
lik other boxes. The lid had a symbol printed in silver ink. It consisted of a number 25 with a laurel
placed at each side. The logo was positioned at the center of the lid.
The inside of the body was lines with a thin layer of felt. cardboard cutouts were placed as to fit the
shape of the medal so it could be held in place when stowed away.
All components of the box are a burgandy color.
The inside of the lid has a white paper tag glued to it. Black letters are use to write
"Rud A Karneth, gablonz/Neibe". This is likely to be the manufacturer of the award.
The award document was approximatelly 8.5" x 11" in size. It was typed in a heavier duty
paper. Yellowish color (perhaps due to aging). one of the corners of the document displays a
stamp of an eagle and swastika.
Collecting Third Civilian Organization items
Collecting Third Reich memorabilia is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Europe
bringing back military souvenirs. As the cities were occupied, the members of the various civilian groups wore their
pins and awards on their uniforms. Once the person was killed or captured, the American soldiers would often strip the
pins and awards from the uniform and take them as war trophies. Eventually all these pieces came back to the United States
where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.
In trying to determine if you should collect WWII German Civilian Organization items there are certain factors that should be
Once Hitler assumed power in Germany he systematically started absorbing the different civilian organizations into the
Third Reich. One way to know when the organization was absorved was that their logo, pins and medals started showing the
A collector may decide what to collect based on the likes of the person. Some individuals collect all fire department
This award is currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.
If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
WWII German Badges and Awards
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.