GERMAN WWII MILITARY LONG SERVICE AWARD FOR 12 YEARS -
The Wehrmacht was the unified armed forces of Germany from 1935 to 1945. It consisted of the Heer (army), the
Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force).
The term Wehrmacht is in Article 47 of the 1919 Weimar Constitution, establishing that: Der Reichspräsident hat
den Oberbefehl über die gesamte Wehrmacht des Reiches (“The National President holds supreme command of all armed
forces of the nation”). From 1919, Germany’s national defence force was known as the Reichswehr, until its
renaming as Wehrmacht in 1935.
The medal featured here is a military long service award for serving a total of 12 years.
The ribbon is dark blue. Solid color. The upper section in the back has a metal rectangular plate which holds
the pin and catch that allows the medal to be attached to the uniform.
The medal displays a Wehrmarcht eagle in the front. The phrase "Treue Dienste in der Wehrmacht". The reverse
shows a wreath with the number 12 in the center.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German medals and ribbons. 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 award worth?". A price
guide is included here to address this question. The value of the medals and ribbons is reviewed
over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German
awards in the collector's market is illustrated.
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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.