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  • #68854
    megan
    Moderator

    Moral for today: Don’t sit down to read the PDF of the latest Journal when you actually came here to add more medals to the images database!

    Today I added the Order of the Banner of Labour and the Order of Scharnhorst to the East Gernany section of the database.

    #68858
    megan
    Moderator

    Added the Battle Order for Merit for the People and Fatherland and the Blücher Order – which was never awarded as it was a wartime only gallantry award and the German Democratic Republic never went to war! Despite that, they made a lot many of which are now ‘in the wild’ and, surprisingly, like many GDR awards exist in pre-1973 precious metal and later plated base metal versions! The design didn’t change, however.

    #68861
    megan
    Moderator

    Spent this afternoon tracking down the variants of the Blücher Order and the Blücher Gallantry Medal, neither of which was ever awarded yet exist in both pre-1973 precious metals and later plated base metal versions… but makes them relatively easy to pick up if you collect GDR medals. The East German authorities had quite a stockpile against a future need that thankfully never came to pass. It’s interesting that a communist state chose to have a cross for brave officers and a medal for more junior personnel.

    #68862
    Dave
    Participant

    Megan,

    I have very few (less than 10) GDR Medals and Badges, but this post really enlightened me and makes me want to acquire a Blucher Gallantry Medal.  I looked it up, found a Wikipedia article (and your site… of course), that led me to the Armor Magazine article of 1994.  Fascinating history here!  Thanks so much.

    Dave Rogers

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