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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:

  1. Silver - 25 years
  2. Gold - 40 years
The sample depicted here is silver and comes with the original issue box and document.

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 detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German badge worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the badges and awards is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German badges in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  2. Medal Anatomy
  3. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  4. RZM manufacturing codes
  5. LDO manufacturing codes
  6. Construction materials
  7. Pins, hinges and other
  8. Perspective view
  9. Purchasing a WWII German Combat badge

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.


Long Service Medal - This is a medal issued during WWII to recognize 25 years of service with the state.

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 considered.

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 Swastika.

A collector may decide what to collect based on the likes of the person. Some individuals collect all fire department related items.

This award is currently being reproduced. 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 to our WWII German Badges and Awards identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.


The value for WWII German Combat badges and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $90.00 $100.00 $105.00 $110.00 $120.00 $125.00 $130.00 $135.00 $140.00 $145.00 $150.00 $150.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B B B B B B B B

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Apr 5th, 2017
German cloth insignia came in a large variety and make great collectibles. The item featured here is relatively hard to find with the document. In general its appreciation has been good. It is expected that this value trend will continue.

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