Category Archives: Medals & Awards

WW2 German Medals and Awards Guide

Germany produced an extensive array of medals, badges, awards, and decorations between 1935 and 1945. In fact, the history of German awards and medals is very extensive, with hundreds of colorful awards being awarded since the early 1800s. Early in Germany’s history, before the individual German States were unified in 1872, and even after that […]

Kriegsmarine War Badge for Naval Artillery

Date Instituted: June 24th, 1941 Awarded To: Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine land-based Naval Artillery andAnti-Aircraft Units. Required Qualifications: Individually: Show outstanding leadership skills, or Display a single act of heroism or merit for which no otheraward was given, or Individual was killed in action as a result of duty As a crew: Achieve […]

Kriegsmarine High Seas Fleet Badge

Date Instituted April 30th, 1941 Awarded To: Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine for service on ships of the High SeasFleet – mainly the Battleships and Cruisers, but also those ships that supportedthem operationally for which there was no other award given. Required Qualifications: Proof of distinction and good conduct, and Active duty on 1 […]

Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge

Date Instituted: April 24th, 1941 Awarded To: Officers and men of the Kriegsmarine for service on Auxiliary Cruisers orthe supply ships that supported them. Required Qualifications: Individual made a long-distance voyage, or Individual was wounded on a voyage, or For outstanding leadership on a voyage First Awarded: Currently unknown Number Awarded: Currently unknown, although it […]

Romanian Knights Cross Holders of WWII

During WWII 16 or 17 members of the Royal Romanian Armed Forces (16 appear inGerman sources, while a 17th is cited in a Romanian one, hence the discrepency),were awarded the coveted German Knight’s Cross award, more than any othernon-German Axis power. 1. Maresal (Army Marshal) Ion Antonescu: 6th August 1941 As Commander in Chief of […]

 Knights Cross Holder Biographies

Search 7315 listings First Name: Last Name: or view the following KC Holders…via branch: FSJvia branch: Heervia branch: Luftwaffevia branch: Kriegsmarinevia branch: SSvia branch: Stuka & Assault PilotsAbel to AxtmannBaacke to BuxaCanders to CzornyDaehne to DyroffEbel to EyssenFaasch to FussGablenz to GysaeHaag to HyzaIbel to IwaneckJabs to JuschkatKachel to KynastLaage to LyhmeMaas to MyliusNacke to […]

Wound Badge July 20, 1944

Date Instituted July 26th, 1944 (??) Awarded To All members of the German High Command and Staff of Adolf Hitlerwho were present in the room in which a bomb exploded on July 20th, 1944in the Führer HQ at Rastenburg, East Prussia. Required Qualifications Wound Badge: Wounded 1 or 2x by hostile action or air raid, […]

Wound Badge, 1939

Date Instituted: September 1st, 1939 Awarded To: Officers and men of all branches of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, the auxiliaryservice organizations, and after 1943, to civilians wounded in air raids. Required Qualifications: Wound Badge: Wounded 1 or 2x by hostile action or air raid, or Wounded from frost-bite in the line of duty. Wound Badge […]

U-Boat War Badge with Diamonds

U-Boat War Badge with Diamonds U-Boat War Badge with Diamonds Types A & B Known Makers – SchwerinRarity – Extremely Rare A special U-boat badge was produced to be awarded to particularlysuccessful commanders. This badge followed the design of the standardaward but had a separate swastika set with nine brilliants which wasplaced on to the […]

Stuka and Assault Pilot Knights Cross Holders

Most of the missions were flown in the Ju 87 if not noticed otherwise. Ranks listed are the ending rank of each KC holder. Heinz Günther Amelung Anton Andorfer Erich Axthammer Hans von Bargen Gerhardt Bauer Gerhard Bauhaus Ludwig Bellof Helmut Benkendorff Leutnant Born: Berlin-Pankow, 8.12.10 KC in March, 1944 Total 666 missions   Alois […]