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Unofficial and semi-official decorations of the Weimar Republic, 1919-1934

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Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen, 1919-1923 (semi official)
2nd class on ribbon for 3 months service in the struggle for Schlesien (Silesia) against Polish supremacy attempts
1st class, pinback for 6 months service. These were awarded on initiative of the Generalkommando VI. Armee-Korps in Oberglogau, but had to be paid for by the recipient at at a price of around 3,50 M. Blackened iron, partly silver finish. These were not officially recognised in the Weimar period, which had no official state decorations. These were then officially recognised in a new law during the office of Reichspräsident Hindenburg in 1934.

BaltenKreuz,1919-1923 (semi official)
1st and 2nd class. Awarded on initiative of the Baltischer Ausschuß in 1919, which was the political corporation of the German-Baltic population of Kurland and Livland, to the volunteers of the Freikorps who participated in the fighting against Bolschevik expansion in those regions. The cross was awarded as a pinback decoration, the ribbon could be worn in the buttonhole or the 2nd class decoration as such together with other decorations as a clasp. This decoration was later recognised after 1934. Altogether a total of 21.839 crosses were awarded.




Medaille der Deutsche Ehrenlegion (unofficial)
Awarded to members of this association, who had to pay for this decoration., and who had served in the 1914-18 war. This example mounted for wear as a single and with a clasp of a sword within an oak wreath. Copper bronze finish on correct ribbon.

Kyffhäuser Denkmünze 1914-18 (unofficial)
Awarded after June 1921 by the Kyffhäuserbund to members who had served 1914-18. Oval medal with a gilt brass finish. The reverse bears the inscription: Aufrecht und stolz gehen wir aus dem Kampfe, den wir über vier Jahre gegen eine Welt von Feinden bestanden (Hindenburg). The averse inscription is Blank die Wehr, rein die Ehr' 1914-1918. Various campaign bars could also be added to the ribbon.


Erinnerungskreuze Kameradschaftsbund Deutscher Ost- und Westfrontkämper, from 1921 (unofficial)
For Verdun
For the Champagne
For the Somme
For the Eastern Fronts
These had to be paid by the recipient. Manufactured by Fahnen-Fleck in Hamburg. Bronze with a silvered or gilt finish and enamels. All on correct period ribbons.

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Very interesting Paul, the last four medals I've never seen before, just go's to show we can learn something new every day.

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There was also a fifth decoration, the Argonnenkreuz in this series, much rarer. They are not listed in the OEK catalogues

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