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    fred j borgmann
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    This is a little known medal only just barely mentioned in Angolia’s classic book on Political & Civil Awards of the Third Reich. The medal was issued by the construction firm of Grun & Bilfinger AG which built the section of the Siegfried Line near the town of Offenburg in Baden. They also built the impressive Ludendorff bridge in Remagen which became another famous WWII landmark. Grun & Bilfinger must have been proud of their work since they issued this very attractive bronze medal (I assume) to their employees who worked on the project. The obverse depicts a German soldier protecting a mother and child plus an eagle to the right of a fortified line and cathedral all within a legend including the date 1938. On the reverse is the company logo and a working man within the company name legend. Most interesting thing about this medal is that it does not have a swastika on it anywhere which is most unusual for something made during the peak period of Nazi power.
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    medalnet
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    Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Frank Dutil
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    Extremely interesting! I had never heard of this one, and as you mention, the lack of any NAZI ID on it is quite remarkable for that particular time period.

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    hagen
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    the lack of any NAZI ID on it is quite remarkable for that particular time period.

    Th only other two TR period medals without a "NAZI ID" I can think of are the Hindenburg Cross and the Ostvolks (Eastern Peoples awards.)

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    fred j borgmann
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    There is also that truck drivers award with just the steering wheel in a wreath.

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    hagen
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    There is also that truck drivers award with just the steering wheel in a wreath.

    Hello Fred

    Right you are! :)

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